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Blackhawks stop streaking Coyotes

Mar 21, 2011 - 4:24 AM
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Chris Campoli scored a power-play goal in the third period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1.

Duncan Keith also lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who have won two of three since a three-game skid. Corey Crawford made 22 saves.

It may have been a costly win for Chicago, as star forward Patrick Sharp suffered an apparent left knee injury following a collision with Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla in the first period. Sharp, who has 34 goals this year, did not return to the game.

"It wasn't the prettiest win but we did what we had to do," Keith said. "I thought we deserved to win tonight. We had a lot of chances and the good thing is we won in regulation."

Eric Belanger scored the lone goal for the Coyotes, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 26-of-28 shots in defeat.

The win gave Chicago 86 points and the team sits in fifth place in the Western Conference with 10 games to play. Phoenix has 89 points, good for the fourth spot in the Western Conference with eight games left.

The Blackhawks drew first blood with 30 seconds left in the first period. Keith's slapper from the middle of the left circle got past Bryzgalov for a power-play goal.

Belanger tied the game with 1:17 remaining in the middle stanza. His shot from the top of the right circle beat traffic in front and trickled past Crawford.

Chicago went on its second power play of the game at the 11:40 mark of the third, when Shane Doan was sent to the box for holding. Patrick Kane gathered the puck at the right circle and slid a pass to the side of the net. Jonathan Toews collected the disc and quickly dished off to Campoli, who put the puck into the back of the net at the 13:26 mark.

"I've watched it about 20 times," Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett said. "Just finished watching it just as I walked in the door here. I don't understand it. I don't understand it at all. To me there's no hold whatsoever there. It's disappointing that a call can have an impact like that in a very competitive game in a very tight playoff race."

Crawford made five saves in the third to secure the victory.

Game Notes

Chicago and Phoenix split four meetings this season...Campoli, acquired from Ottawa at the trade deadline, scored his first goal as a Blackhawk...The Blackhawks had lost four straight on the road...Doan had a seven-game point streak snapped...The Coyotes had recorded a point in seven consecutive contests...Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin played in his 1,000th NHL game.