Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 3: Chicago Takes 1-0 Lead Into 3rd Period

After two periods at the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks lead the Phoenix Coyotes 1-0 in Game 3 of the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs. The second period was scoreless, but heated: the two teams scraped at the end of the second with goalies Corey Crawford and Mike Smith staring each other down before exiting the ice.

Patrick Kane's goal at the end of the first period remains the only score of the night.

Related: Marian Hossa Injury: Forward Leaves On A Stretcher After Hit By Phoenix's Raffi Torres (Video)

Four penalties were handed out in the second, three on Phoenix. Of note was Raffi Torres who whistled for two minutes for tripped Chicago's Viktor Stalberg. Torres laid out Marian Hossa of the Blackhawks in the first period. He should soon be hearing from the same league officers that suspended Chicago's Andrew Shaw for three games for his Game 2 hit on Smith.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey and Coyotes blog Five For Howling. For more NHL Playoffs coverage, head over to SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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