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Phoenix at Chicago

Lalime earns rare shutout, Blackhawks hold off Coyotes

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CHICAGO -- Patrick Lalime wasn't much better than Ilya Bryzgalov on Wednesday night, just a bit luckier.

Lalime made 32 saves for his first shutout in more than a year, and Jason Williams scored the lone goal on a deflection in the first period in the Chicago Blackhawks' 1-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Lalime didn't face as many quality chances as Bryzgalov in posting his first shutout since Feb. 7, 2007, and the 35th of his NHL career. He started his third straight game for Chicago because No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin remained sidelined due to back spasms.

"We know how big the points are right now, and to win is all that matters right now," Lalime said. "The defense let me see the puck and they were taking away the rebounds. It made my job a lot easier."

Chicago is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games. However, it entered the game in 13th place in the Western Conference and eight points behind eighth-place Nashville.

"To make the playoffs and be a good playoff team you have to step up," Chicago defenseman James Wisniewski said. "You have to win 1-0 games. It's good he (Lalime) stepped up to the challenge."

The Blackhawks might have lost forward Martin Havlat indefinitely Wednesday with an apparent shoulder injury.

"It's up around the shoulder area," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "I'm not sure."

Bryzgalov stopped 24 shots. He made several tough saves early before Williams scored at 7:58 of the first period

From the right circle, Williams deflected in Dave Bolland's cross-ice feed. The puck slipped past Bryzgalov after also deflecting off the skate of Phoenix forward Joel Perrault.

The goal was Williams' second in four games after he missed 35 due to a groin injury and sports hernia surgery.

"It hit a skate," Bryzgalov said. "I think both teams played well, at the same level. They scored a lucky, ugly goal and we didn't. That was the difference."

Phoenix entered the game in 10th place in the West, just three points out of eighth.

"Both teams are battling for their lives," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "They played hard, and one goal is the difference.

"When we did get some chances, their goaltender was really good. When they got chances, our guy was good."

The Blackhawks had the better chances in the scoreless second. Among Bryzgalov's best saves was one on Patrick Sharp from 15 feet out midway through the period.

Lalime made a point-blank stop on Martin Hanzal with a minute left in the second.

Early in the third, a shot by Phoenix's Marcel Hossa hit Wisniewski's skate and then tapped against the right post.

Lalime made a crisp stick save on Daniel Carcillo's 25-foot shot midway through the third. Bryzgalov stopped Sharp's one-timed shot from the slot with just over six minutes left.

Phoenix finished the game with a power play and Bryzgalov on the bench for and extra attacker. The Blackhawks kept the Coyotes at bay, however.

"I don't think they even got a shot," Lalime said. "Everybody boxed out and made sure the puck didn't get to the net.

Notes

  • Players acquired by both teams before Tuesday's trade deadline were in the lineups. LW Andrew Ladd, acquired by Chicago from Carolina for C/LW Tuomo Ruutu, played as did Hossa, picked up by Phoenix in a multiplayer deal with the New York Rangers.
  • With Khabibulin out, Lalime was backed up by Corey Crawford.
  • Chicago C Robert Lang sat out due to back spasms.
  • Blackhawks D Brent Sopel missed his third game and C Yanic Perreault sat out his sixth, both because of broken wrists.
  • Chicago recalled D Petri Kontiola from Rockford (AHL).
  • Havlat has already missed 28 games this season with a shoulder injury.
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It's a heated contest between the Blackhawks and the Coyotes -- both on the scoreboard and on the ice.  (AP)
It's a heated contest between the Blackhawks and the Coyotes -- both on the scoreboard and on the ice. (AP)

Scoreboard
Phoenix (32-27-5)0000
Chicago  (30-27-6) «1001
Three Stars
P. Lalime
CHI


Saves: 32
Save Pct.: 1.000
D. Keith
CHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
I. Bryzgalov
PHO


Saves: 24
Save Pct.: .960
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:58Jason Williams (9), Tip-In. Assist: Dave Bolland, Andrei Zyuzin
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
15:55Wisniewski, 2 min, Holding
2ND PERIOD
08:38Hossa, 2 min, Holding
09:48Michalek, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
16:52Hendry, 2 min, Roughing
16:52Carcillo, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
10:55Burish, 2 min, Roughing
10:55Carcillo, 2 min, Roughing
10:55Perrault, 2 min, Roughing
10:55Burish, 2 min, Roughing
19:13Kane, 2 min, Hooking
20:00Burish, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Phoenix971632
Chicago98825
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ilya Bryzgalov58:48241
Patrick Lalime60:00320
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Phoenix0-for-0
Chicago0-for-0
Game Information
Attendance - 14799
Referees - Paul Devorski, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Mark Shewchyk
 
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Colu 2
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