Neither team scored in the second period, but the period was eventful nonetheless.
When the buzzer rang the teams would have to be separated by the referees, proving that both teams know the implications of this game going into the final period. It was sparked by a late shot from Jonathan Toews. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Patrick Kane exchanged face washes, and even Mike Smith and Corey Crawford had some words with one another.
The Coyotes penalty kill impressed in the second period. The Coyotes shut down the first Blackhawks' power play after Rostislav Klesla was sent to the box for tripping at 1:28 of the first period, and would not allow a shot on goal on the Blackhawks second power play.
Derek Morris was sent to the box for a cross check after the play at 18:52, so the Hawks will start the final period with just less than a minute left on the power play.
Raffi Torres has not played like himself since sending Hossa off in a stretcher in the first period. The usually scrappy forward has passed up on checking opportunities and his head does not seem to be in the game. It's understandable that Torres would be distraught after sending Hossa off in a stretcher, but the Coyotes will need him if they hope to win Game 3. No one likes to see another player seriously injured, but hopefully he can snap out of it in the third.
The best chance for the Coyotes came around the five minute mark. A puck bounced onto the stick of Ray Whitney in the slot and Whitney ripped a slapper on net. Crawford got a piece of it, but the Coyotes could not convert despite having a few chances on the rebounds.
Smith got some help from the post, but has still been impressive. The Coyote goaltender has faced 20 shots through two periods, allowing only the lone goal in the first. Crawford has been equally impressive on the other end, stopping all 22 shots he has faced.