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Blackhawks beat Coyotes 4-1 for first win of season

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CHICAGO - Nikolai Khabibulin made 29 saves and Martin Havlat, Patrick Sharp, Brian Campbell and rookie Colin Fraser scored to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to their first victory of the season, 4-1 over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.

Duncan Keith and Kris Versteeg each had two assists and the Blackhawks (1-2-1) scored more than two goals in a game for the first time this season.

Fraser's goal was his first in the NHL. Campbell's was his first with the Blackhawks after signing an eight-year, US$56.7-million free-agent contract.

Peter Mueller scored for Phoenix, and Ilja Bryzgalov made 26 saves in the Coyotes' first loss after opening with two victories.

Khabibulin made several close-in stops early as Phoenix outshot Chicago 11-6 in the scoreless first.

Mueller's power-play goal at 4:30 of the second opened the scoring. He connected on a high, screened shot from the right circle moments after a 5-on-3 Phoenix advantage lapsed to a 5-on-4.

Havlat tied it with 8:25 left in the second on a highlight-reel goal.

Havlat skated in from the left point, danced around Phoenix defenceman David Hale, stickhandled across the slot and beat Bryzgalov with a high backhander.

Sharp gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead with 58 seconds left in the second, just after a Chicago power play expired. From the right edge of the crease, Sharp ripped in a rebound of Keith's shot from the point.

Fraser made it 3-1 just over a minute into the third. He fired from the slot and beat Bryzgalov high on the glove side after taking Dave Bolland's pass from behind the net. Campbell completed the scoring with just under eight minutes left in the third when he trailed in late on a rush.

Notes: Phoenix D Derek Morris sustained an undisclosed injury in the first period and didn't return. ... Coyotes D Jonas Ahnelov missed his third game because of an undisclosed injury. He's on injured reserve. ... Blackhawks LW Ben Eager played his first game after sitting out Chicago's first three because of a league suspension. ... Chicago D Niklas Hjalmarsson missed his third game. He's day-to-day with bruised ribs.

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