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Blackhawks break tie in third to keep Coyotes winless

Arizona has lost eight straight to start season

by Craig Morgan / Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Lance Bouma scored the tiebreaking goal at 15:36 of the third period to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 at Gila River Arena on Saturday.


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Bouma's first goal of the season came off a scramble in the slot. Tommy Wingels scored an empty-net goal at 19:00 to make it 4-2 and give Chicago's fourth line two goals.

"I think what they did prior to that put them in a position to be out there in that situation, and I like what we saw," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of the line of Bouma, Wingels and John Hayden. "Those are the kind of goals you score in our league, second opportunities, traffic at the net. Moving forward, we can take a page out of what they're doing."

The Blackhawks (5-2-2) have defeated the Coyotes seven straight times and are 9-0-1 in their past 10 against them. Chicago has not lost a regulation game to Arizona since Feb. 7, 2014.

The Coyotes (0-7-1) are off to the worst start in Arizona/Winnipeg Jets history.

"I thought we were confident all game," coach Rick Tocchet said. "A couple little breakdowns and the puck bounces and it goes to their guy. That's the way it's been going the last two, three weeks."

Video: CHI@ARI: Panik scores PPG on deflection

The Coyotes went 0-for-5 on the power play, including two 5-on-3 opportunities in the first period.

Corey Crawford made 27 saves for Chicago. Louis Domingue made 25 for Arizona.

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead when Christian Fischer's passing attempt deflected off the stick of Blackhawks defenseman Jordan Oesterle at 7:47 of the first period.

The Blackhawks tied it 1-1 on the power play at 8:48 of the first period. Richard Panik deflected Jonathan Toews' shot from the top of the left face-off circle.

It was the ninth time this season the Coyotes allowed an opponent to score within two minutes of scoring themselves.

Patrick Kane gave Chicago a 2-1 lead on a breakaway at 11:32 of the second period. The goal extended his point streak to five games (two goals, three assists).

The Blackhawks thought they took a 3-1 lead at 17:24 of the second when Coyotes forward Max Domi slashed Wingels on a breakaway. Wingels scored on the penalty shot, but video review found that Domingue poked the puck off Wingels' stick, and the call on the ice was overturned. Rule 24.2 states that "no goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind" on a penalty shot.

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller scored at 18:14 of the second period to tie the game 2-2. He leads NHL rookies with six goals.

Video: CHI@ARI: Keller pots backhand to tie game at 2


Goal of the game

Wingels redirected Duncan Keith's shot from the left point in the slot. Bouma collected the rebound and swept it into the open side of the net for his first goal with the Blackhawks. He signed a one-year contract with Chicago on July 1.

Video: CHI@ARI: Bouma buries loose puck for go-ahead goal


Saves of the game

Crawford stopped Domi's slap shot from the left face-off dot at 17:45 of the first period and Derek Stepan's backhand on the rebound to keep the game tied 1-1.


Highlight of the game

After Jonathan Toews blocked a Jason Demers shot, he found Kane with a stretch pass behind Coyotes forward Brad Richardson and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Kane went backhand to forehand before beating Domingue five-hole.

Video: CHI@ARI: Kane scores beauty on breakaway


They said it

"They give us a different look, not just skill, but some hard work, some physicality, some puck possession." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on their fourth line of Lance Bouma, Tommy Wingels and John Hayden


"It's been the same old story for a little bit. We've got to find a way to change it." -- Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who faced the Blackhawks for the first time after playing his first 10 NHL seasons with them, on Arizona's poor start


Need to know

Coyotes No. 1 goalie Antti Raanta missed his fourth straight game with a lower-body muscle strain. ... Toews ended his three-game point drought with two assists.


What's next

Blackhawks: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: At the New York Islanders on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-A, NHL.TV)


Video: Balanced effort leads Blackhawks past Coyotes, 4-2

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