Yotes Snap Losing Streak With 2-1 Win Over Blackhawks

Jason LaBarbera stopped 35 shots on the way to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks that put an end to the Coyotes' current three-game losing streak.

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Losing Streak Comes To An End, Coyotes Beat Chicago 2-1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Jason LaBarbera stopped 35 shots to help the Phoenix Coyotes take a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

Eric Belanger and Kyle Turris scored 35 seconds apart in the second period for the Coyotes, who came into the game having lost three straight and four of five.

“I haven’t had a whole lot of luck this year so it was good to get in there and play well and give the guys a chance to win,” said LaBarbera. “I don’t get a lot of chances to play so when you do you have to go in there and play as well as you can.”

Bryan Bickell scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who have lost four straight games in front of their home crowd. Marty Turco was tagged for both goals on 22 shots.

“It’s not early in the season anymore,” said Turco. “There’s no excuse for saying it’s early in the season or whatever. We need to play better and start getting some points.”

The Blackhawks took the initial lead in the game at the 9:22 mark of the first when Troy Brouwer threw a shot on net that Bickell redirected past LaBarbera for his third goal of the year.

At the 6:23 mark of the second, Phoenix tied the game as Wojtek Wolski stickhandled his way past a Blackhawks defender and from the low left side threw it across the goalmouth where Turris redirected it in.

Moments later, the puck got behind the Chicago pointman in the Phoenix end and Belanger caught up to it. He skated down the right wing on a 2-on-1 break and opted to shoot from the right circle where he blew it past Turco for a 2-1 lead.

LaBarbera stopped 12 shots in the middle frame then made 10 saves in the third to help Phoenix hang on for the win.

The Coyotes took three of four from Chicago last season…The Blackhawks play in Nashville on Saturday…Phoenix hosts Calgary on Friday…Chicago center Dave Bolland missed his sixth contest in a row because of a rib injury…There was just one power play in the game and it belonged to Chicago, which failed to score on the opportunity.


Coyotes In Windy City To Take On Blackhawks, 6:30 P.M. AZT

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes already have more three-game losing streaks this year than they did in all of 2009-10. The club will look to avoid a fourth straight setback tonight and deal the Chicago Blackhawks a fourth defeat in a row at the United Center.

The Coyotes are 0-1-2 over their last three games, marking the third time this year they have lost three consecutive games. They did that just twice last year in returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and will try to avoid dropping four in a row for the first time since a five-game skid from March 6-14, 2009.

Phoenix is 0-5 in games beyond regulation this season and after coming up on the short end of a 4-3 shootout loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, it was dealt a 3-2 overtime setback in Detroit.

Ilya Bryzgalov finished with 37 saves, but was beaten for the game-winner 1:23 into overtime during a delayed penalty call for the Red Wings. Martin Hanzal and Keith Yandle had the goals for the Coyotes, who are 2-3-4 over their last nine games overall.

"Right now it's that one situation that takes the game from us," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett. "Penalties in overtime will kill you. We played good in the game, but our margin for error is very slim and right now we're letting it get the better of us."

The Coyotes played without captain Shane Doan, who is on injured reserve due to an upper-body injury.

Phoenix will try to extend Chicago's home losing streak to four games this evening after the Blackhawks were defeated by the Oilers, 2-1, on Sunday. Fernando Pisani scored the lone goal and Corey Crawford stopped 24-of-26 shots faced.

"We had some chances on our power play, but weren't able to get it done," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. "We have to be able to take better advantage of being at home and find a way to get things done."

Forward Marian Hossa returned to the lineup after missing five straight games with an upper-body injury. Center Dave Bolland, meanwhile, missed his fifth contest in a row because of a rib injury, but could return to action tonight.

Chicago, which is 4-6-0 at home this year, will likely go back to Marty Turco in net tonight. Despite a 1.49 goals-against average in his last seven versus the Coyotes, he is just 2-3-2 in that span with three shutouts, getting credited with one whitewash in a shootout loss.

The Coyotes won their first three games versus the Blackhawks last year, two in a shootout, before the Blackhawks notched a home win in the final meeting on March 23. That victory was Chicago's seventh in the last 10 in this series and fifth in the last six at the United Center.

Bryzgalov is 6-5-3 with a 2.55 GAA in his career versus Chicago.

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