2 powerplay goals lead Blackhawks over Coyotes
Duncan Keith and Chris Campoli both scored powerplay goals for Chicago last night as the Blackhawks beat the Coyotes 2-1 in Glendale.
A scary play occurred near the 1:35 mark of the first period when Rostislav Klesla hit Patrick Sharp knee to knee. Sharp would leave the game and not return. With 30 seconds left in the first period, Duncan Keith ripped a slap shot from the hash marks that beat Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov short side. The Blackhawks would take a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
The second period saw good back and forth action. Eric Belanger scored for the Coyotes on a nifty tip in off a Chicago defenseman at the end of the period. With that goal, the game was all tied up going into the third.
At the 6:34 mark of the third, newly acquired defenseman Chris Campoli took a cross crease pass from Jonathan Toews and one timed the puck past Bryzgalov. This was the second powerplay goal for Chicago on the night and this goal would prove to be the game winner.
This loss snaps the Coyotes 5 game win streak, and is the teams first regulation loss since March 3. Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks goalie, made 22 saves and stopped Adrian Aucoin on a close breakaway attempt. This was Aucoin’s 1,000th NHL game. The Coyotes, with 89 points, still hold onto the 4th spot in the western conference.