Chicago at Phoenix

Campoli's late goal lifts Blackhawks over Coyotes

CBSSports.com wire reports
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chris Campoli picked a perfect time to score his first goal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Campoli scored a power-play with 6:34 remaining and the Blackhawks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Sunday night to strengthen their position in the Western Conference playoff race.

Campoli, acquired from Ottawa on Feb. 28, took a cross-crease pass from Jonathan Toews and put a shot into the vacated left side of the net before goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, covering the right side, could recover.

"It was a slow motion kind of play," Toews said. "All he had to do was get good wood on it and he made no mistakes."

Duncan Keith also scored for Chicago, who moved into sixth place in the conference with 86 points. Los Angeles also has 86 points, but is ahead because the Kings have one more victory.

Campoli, who had three goals for the Senators before the trade, said he understood the importance of finally scoring for his new team.

"It was an important goal at an important time of the game," Campoli said. "It's a play we work backdoor. Taser [Toews] saw me going and made a great pass."

Campoli's goal came with 14 seconds left in a hooking penalty to Coyotes captain Shane Doan, one of just three penalties in the game.

"I've watched it about 20 times," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "Just finished watching it just as I walked in the door here. I don't understand it. I don't understand it at all. To me there's no hold whatsoever there. It's disappointing that a call can have an impact like that in a very competitive game in a very tight playoff race."

Eric Belanger scored for the Coyotes, whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Phoenix, fourth in the West with 89 points, hadn't lost in regulation since March 3 (6-0-1).

"We've got to win," Doan said. "That's all it comes down to. I don't care what happens in the game, we have to find ways to win."

Keith gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal with 30 seconds left in the first period. He fired the puck between Bryzgalov's pads from the center of the left circle.

Belanger tied it at 18:43 of the second when his blast from the top of the right circle bounced off Nick Leddy's skate and past partially screened goalie Corey Crawford.

Crawford made 22 saves, including a point-blank stop on Adrian Aucoin on a near-breakaway attempt.

"He made two of his biggest saves of the year in the critical late moments of the game," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

Notes

  • Nashville also has 86 points but with one less win than Chicago. Blackhawks LW Patrick Sharp left the game with 1:35 to go in the first period after a knee-on-knee collision with Coyotes D Rostislav Klesla. Toews has a point in 19 of 23 games. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 17,328. Aucoin played in his 1,000th NHL game.
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Chris Campoli gets the puck past Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for a power-play goal in the third period.  (AP)
Chris Campoli gets the puck past Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for a power-play goal in the third period. (AP)

Scoreboard
Chicago  (39-25-8) «1012
Phoenix (39-24-11)0101
Three Stars
I. Bryzgalov
PHO


Saves: 26
Save Pct.: .929
C. Crawford
CHI


Saves: 22
Save Pct.: .957
D. Keith
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
19:30Power Play - Duncan Keith (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Leddy, Hossa
2ND PERIOD
18:43 - Eric Belanger (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rozsival, Boedker
3RD PERIOD
13:26Power Play - Chris Campoli (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Toews, Kane
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
15:01Sharp, 2 min, Tripping
18:25Belanger, 2 min, High-Sticking
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
11:40Doan, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
CHI811928
PHO414523
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Corey Crawford59:53221
Ilya Bryzgalov58:50262
Game Information
Attendance - 17328
Referees - Paul Devorski, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen - Greg Devorski, Brad Lazarowich
 
Other Games
NYR 5 Final
Pitt 2
NJ 3 Final
Colu 0
Nash 4 Final
OT
Buf 3
Mon 8 Final
Min 1
Cal 4 Final
OT
Ana 5