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Coyotes 4, Blackhawks 3

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:46 AM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 4, Blackhawks 3
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Phoenix Coyotes 4

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Steven Reinprecht has found a home alongside Shane Doan.

Reinprecht had a goal and two assists, and Doan added a goal and an assist, and the Phoenix Coyotes held on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night for their third straight win.

Paul Mara and Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Coyotes, who have won three of four including two against Chicago in the past five days.

Reinprecht, acquired from the Calgary Flames on February 1, has two goals and five assists in his last three games.

"Right now we're just feeding off each other," Reinprecht said of his linemates, Doan and Fredrik Sjostrom. "I've got more confidence every game. It's been fun playing with each other."

James Wisniewski, Michael Holmqvist and Kyle Calder scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost six of their last seven.

Reinprecht broke a 2-2 tie at 16:37 of the second period, gaining control of a blocked shot by Dennis Seidenberg in the left faceoff circle, wheeling and beating Craig Anderson for a power-play goal.

Sanderson extended the lead to 4-2 with 5:22 remaining.

Calder cut the lead to 4-3 with 1:19 remaining, scoring on a rebound with Anderson off the ice and Chicago already on the power-play.

"We battled back," Calder said. "We were behind the eight ball the entire game. They're hungry and you have to mach their intensity."

The Blackhawks went back on the power play when Zbynek Michalek was whistled for tripping with 29.7 seconds remaining, but Jamie Rivers blocked a shot and David LeNevue made one final save for the win in his first start since November 20.

"I felt really solid and on top of my game," said LeNevue, who was 10-16-2 with San Antonio before being recalled Wednesday. "There's always a little bit of nerves when you come back up after being down for so long but I got over it quickly."

Mara gave the Coyotes a short-lived 1-0 lead at 11:15 of the first period, shoving home his own rebound off a wraparound attempt against Anderson.

Wisniewski tied the game 44 seconds later following a series of drop passes, the last from Patrick Sharp, beating LeNevue from between the circles for his first career goal.

Phoenix regained the lead 2-1 at 13:57 of the first when Doan took a pass from Reinprecht at the left side of the net, batted the puck to the right and beat Anderson to the right side of the goal.

"What's making their line so strong is that they are strong and disciplined in their own zone," said Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. "They aren't cheating. They're making their own bounces and when they get into the offensive zone they're unselfish with the puck."

Holmqvist made it 2-2 at 15:39 of the period on a one-timer from the high slot.

"We had our chances," said Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney. "Their guy played well, but the most impressive thing is they play hard until the final buzzer. That's a credit to them."

Notes: Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris blocked a Radim Vrbata shot off his left ankle with 16:12 remaining and did not return. Gretzky said Morris suffered only a bruise and should play Saturday against Anaheim. ... Holmqvist has three goals and two assists in his last six games. ... LW Josh Gratton made his Coyotes debut with a fight against Mark Bell on his fourth shift of the game. Gratton was third in the AHL with 265 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms when he was traded to Phoenix by the Philadelphia Flyers on March 9.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:15
PHX
Paul Mara (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Fredrik Sjostrom (14), Steve Reinprecht (25)
1 - 0 PHX
11:59
CHI
James Wisniewski (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Sharp (12), Milan Bartovic (3)
1 - 1 Tie
13:57
PHX
Shane Doan (26) Wrist shot - ASST: Steve Reinprecht (26)
2 - 1 PHX
15:39
CHI
Michael Holmqvist (9) Slapshot - ASST: Martin Lapointe (16), Kyle Calder (30)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
16:37
PHX
PPG - Steve Reinprecht (16) Slapshot - ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (15), Dave Scatchard (15)
3 - 2 PHX
3rd Period
14:34
PHX
Geoff Sanderson (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Shane Doan (31)
4 - 2 PHX
18:41
CHI
PPG - Kyle Calder (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Sharp (13), Radim Vrbata (16)
4 - 3 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
06:34
CHI
Duncan Keith  Holding against  Mike Ricci
07:24
CHI
James Wisniewski  Cross checking against  Mike Johnson
13:26
PHX
Josh Gratton  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Bell
13:26
PHX
Josh Gratton  Boarding against  Mark Bell
13:26
CHI
Mark Bell  Misconduct (10 min)
13:26
CHI
Mark Bell  Fighting (maj) against  Josh Gratton
13:26
CHI
Mark Bell  Instigator against  Josh Gratton
17:32
PHX
Derek Morris  Holding against  Brandon Bochenski
2nd Period
02:22
CHI
Curtis Brown  Hi-sticking against  Mike Comrie
05:20
PHX
Tyson Nash  Fighting (maj) against  James Wisniewski
05:20
CHI
James Wisniewski  Fighting (maj) against  Tyson Nash
09:28
PHX
Jamie Rivers  Cross checking against  Kyle Calder
14:46
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Cross checking against  Fredrik Sjostrom
19:57
CHI
Martin Lapointe  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Fredrik Sjostrom
19:57
PHX
Fredrik Sjostrom  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Martin Lapointe
3rd Period
06:56
CHI
Jim Vandermeer  Interference against  Tyson Nash
16:04
CHI
Rene Bourque  Elbowing against  Dave Scatchard
17:28
PHX
Paul Mara  Holding against  Radim Vrbata
19:30
PHX
Zbynek Michalek  Tripping
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 32TOI: 58:44
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
David Leneveu
SA: 40TOI: 59:51
Saves: 37EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .925SH: 2 - 2