Goaltender Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a pad save on a shot from the Phoenix Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on March 20, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Defeat Coyotes In Front Of Thousands Of Red-Clad Chicago Fans

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Patrick Sharp Injured In Blackhawks Victory Over Coyotes

Chris Campoli scored a power-play goal, his first as a member of the Blackhawks after his acquisition from the Senators earlier this season, with 6:34 left in the third period to lift the Blackhawks to a much-needed win over the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, snapping the Coyotes’ five-game winning streak.

It may have been a costly win, though; Patrick Sharp collided with the Coyotes’ Rostislav Klesla in the first period, left the ice and did not return. We don’t yet know how serious this injury is, but the Hawks can ill afford to lose their leading goal-scorer.

Defenseman Duncan Keith scored the other goal for the Blackhawks, who made a nice comeback from their listless effort in Dallas last Thursday night.

The win lifted the Blackhawks into fifth place in the Western Conference playoff standings with 86 points. The point total is tied with the Kings and Predators, and just one point ahead of eighth-place Dallas, so the Hawks can’t let up with 12 games remaining.

The Hawks get a couple of days off before facing the Florida Panthers at the United Center on Wednesday.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Phoenix Coyotes: A Road Game In Front Of The Home Fans

This is the second year in a row the NHL has scheduled the Blackhawks to play in Phoenix during baseball spring training.

The league knows what it's doing -- well, at least for pumping up Phoenix attendance, it does. The Coyotes, despite being a very good team and five points ahead of the Blackhawks in the Western Conference playoff race, are second-to-last in the NHL in average attendance, only 11,745 per game. They're guaranteed a sellout tonight, because thousands of Chicago baseball fans, in town to see White Sox and Cubs games, will don their red Blackhawks jerseys and show up at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale to cheer on the Hawks.

The Hawks need that. After an eight-game winning streak that brought them to fourth place in the conference, they've lost four of their last five, including a poorly-played shutout Thursday at the hands of the Dallas Stars. The Hawks are now tied with the Predators at 84 points for seventh place in the conference, only one point ahead of the Flames and Ducks. With only 10 games left after tonight, three of them against the arch-rival Red Wings, the Hawks had better start winning -- now.

They've recalled Ben Smith from Rockford for tonight's game. It starts at 7 p.m. CDT and it'll be on WGN (Chicago only).

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