Coyotes Top Blackhawks 3-0 In Chicago’s Eighth Straight Loss

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Mike Smith made 38 saves for his third shutout of the season to help the Phoenix Coyotes win their fifth straight game, 3-0 over the fading Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Radim Vrbata, Boyd Gordon and Kyle Chipchura scored for the Coyotes, three points behind Chicago in the Western Conference standings. Phoenix is in eighth place in the West, two points ahead of Colorado, which lost to St. Louis 3-2 in overtime earlier Saturday.

The Blackhawks lost their eighth straight overall — their longest skid since the 2007-08 season — and 10th in a row on the road. Chicago’s last win was Jan. 20 against Florida.

Smith had 14 NHL shutouts.

After allowing 10 goals in its previous two games, the Blackhawks gave up two in the first 5:58.

Vrbata scored his 26th goal of the season just over 3 minutes into the game. Coming from behind the net, Vrbata’s wraparound deflected off the Chicago’s Sami Lepisto and behind goalie Ray Emery.

Less than 3 minutes later, the Coyotes Gordon, standing just to the right of Emery, slammed in his seventh of the season.

The Blackhawks tested Smith midway through the second period. After taking a shot in the mask from Patrick Sharp, Smith shook off the impact and stopped Jonathan Toews twice in close within seconds.

Chipchura scored midway through the second period.

With a 2-on-1 against Chicago rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen, Chipchura converted a perfect pass from Gilbert Brule into his second goal of the season.

NOTES: In a pregame ceremony, the Coyotes retired Jeremy Roenick’s No. 97. … The standing-room only crowd of 17,353 was the Coyotes’ third sellout of the season. … With two assists, Brule had his second multipoint game since joining Phoenix on Jan. 12. … The Blackhawks were shut out for the sixth time this season.

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  • tom sharp

    Hey Coach Q: welcome to the Yukon! You gone boy!

  • cpc

    HEY STAN that goalie has more shutouts than you when are you going to quit your job as GM

  • cc



    Dale Talon is the reason why the ‘hawks are in this mess.
    Granted, Bowman has too many misses, but he’s been up against a hard cap.
    The Rockford guys cannot skate.
    If they do learn the game, the ‘hawks should make the playoffs.

    • cc

      Yo can fault tallon all you want the truth is he built the 2010 champs but if you think BOWMAN is an upgrade you may want to analyze the picture a little better

  • THEE Yard Ape

    I hang my head in shame. So many different problems that you can point to, and not sure what the remedies are. I never thought that I would see this group play with the utter lack of confidence that it has shown recently.


    No, I know, cc.
    It could be the guy from one of history’s worst sports franchises analyzing what goes on both on and off the ice.

    I wonder how well the Rangers did after their Cup.

    • cc

      Yeah Spaulding if I’m not mistaken I think Keenan got fired not long after the Rangers won the cup after watching the 2010 I believed this team was going to be the Rockies and Red Wings of the 90’s the Hawks have always been notorious for bad caching hires, during the dark years when bringing in ex hawk alumnis with practically no NHL coaching experience in addition to that bad GM’s and STAN BOWMAN is no exception. I blame a lot of that on the Hawk’s brass. STAN BOWMAN has no actual hockey experience and making him the GM to succeed and clean up Dale Tallon’s mess was a big mistake. Without his daddy STAN BOWMAN couldn’t even get a job at the UC selling hot dogs or beer

  • Larry Horse's Arse Horse's Arse

    It’s Q. It’s Bowman. It’s Kane and his lack of checking, defense and will. It’s Toews being targeted as well as hurt. It’s Hossa not being on the score sheet. It’s Sharp’s injury. It’s the complete lack of defense. It’s the bad goaltending. It’s the bad PP. It’s the bad PK.

    It’s everything.

    This team will finish no higher than 5th or 6th but will be lucky to make the playoffs they way they have fallen. They’ll be out in the first round if they make it.

    Kane is a good playmaker, but his attitude and lack of the aforementioned make me want him gone badly. Compared with Toews, he’s an embarrassment.

  • Really ?

    How can this so called ‘team’ stand pat and watch their captain get drilled every shift – and with no repurcussions? Really? Disgusting to watch. Its a rerun of Ryan Miller getting drilled by the Bruins – and they did nothing at all. Imagine if anyone laid a finger on Gretsky what would have happened. This is not a team, it’s a bunch of so called ‘stars’ looking out for thmselves. Where is the grit, the toughness, the effort in the corners, the intensity. Still a Cup hangover i guess – boy that must hane been one hell of a party!!!! Hey Hawks, hello – Wake up. ONE cup doesn’t mean your done. Excuse my frustration, i just can’t wait another 49 years- that was way too brutal.


    Rangers won it in 94, and missed the playoffs from ’98 to 2004. These were the dark days of the NHL. This was when 99 worked at MSG (boy, I forgot about that)
    A team in Dallas? A team with a duck on it’s jersey? A team on South Beach and Phoenix!?! Sure. . .the original six weren’t doing anything important.

    There isn’t anyone who can protect Toews. It puts them down a man every time they try. Seems that the style of hockey is sending everyone back to the E.R.

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