"If you look at your lines and power-play unit, the penalty-killing unit, his puck possession game we're a better team with him in the lineup," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "You have so many more options as a coach to insert him in all different situations. He makes players around him better so it's nice having him back."
The Hawks were a better team with Hossa returning Tuesday night after missing one game with an upper-body injury as they rolled to a 5-2 victory over the Coyotes in front of a crowd of 11,051 at Jobing.com Arena.
Dave Bolland had a goal and an assist while Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Jamal Mayers and Bryan Bickell also scored as the Hawks kicked off their two-game trip with a victory to improve to 3-1-1.Duncan Keith andPatrick Sharp each added two assists andCorey Crawford was solid in goal to earn the victory for the Hawks.
"It's always great when you come back and the team wins," Hossa said. "I'm glad I could help. We'll take the big win in the first game of the road trip."
Hossa missed Saturday night's shootout loss to the Bruins and was a game-time decision to play against the Coyotes. But he took the ice with teammates and it paid dividends early with his second goal of the season. The first-period score came with the Hawks on a two-man advantage as Sharp found Hossa in the left circle and the winger rifled a shot past Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera.
After Taylor Pyatt knocked in a rebound to tie it 1-1 in the opening minute of the second period, Toews returned the favor when he raced hard to the net and banged home a rebound of an Andrew Brunette shot.
Ray Whitney's goal after Keith fell down tied it, but the defenseman redeemed himself a short time later when he sent a long shot toward the Coyotes net that Mayers redirected for a 3-2 lead after two.
A key sequence early in the third paved the way to the Hawks' victory. With his team short-handed following a Hossa penalty, Bolland stripped the Coyotes' Radim Brbata of the puck, teed up a shot from the slot and blew it right past LaBarbera.
"We started out maybe a ltitle bit slow but we kept on gradually getting better and better and we came out with a big win," Bolland said. "It's the start of a good road trip."
"It's a huge advantage when you score on the PK," Bolland added. "It gets the guys going. Those are big goals."
Bickell turned it into a rout when he snapped a shot past LaBarbera from the right circle.
The Hawks out shot the Coyotes 35-16 during an effort that was their best during the young season.
"You look at the shot totals ... we out shot them by quite a bit," said Keith, who finished a game-best plus-3. "We did what we had to do to win. Overall we played a good game but I still think we know we can play a better team game even than we showed (Tuesday night)."
Said Quennville: "It was rock-solid across the board. We had all the lines contributing, Crawford was good in the net, our defense was very active and they particpated in the defending part and the offense part. I was very pleased with our effort."
Hossa has missed 43 games in his two-plus seasons with the Hawks after staying relatively injury-free during the first part of his career.
"I don't want to miss too many games so hopefully that was only one," Hossa said. "Me and (linemate Patrick Kane) were talking about it. We're feeling good, everything is going right and all of a sudden you have to miss another game and a couple of practices. Hopefully I'll be ready to play for a long time."
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