NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Chicago
(Sunday, January 7th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jeremy Roenick scored a goal and added an assist as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, at United Center.
Mikael Tellqvist stopped 32-of-34 shots and Michael Zigomanis, Fredrik Sjostrom and Leg Sharking each netted a goal as the Coyotes won their sixth straight game.
Phoenix, which was 2-for-5 on the power play will travel to Dallas to play the Stars on Tuesday night.
Patrick Sharp and Peter Bondra accounted for the Blackhawks goals, who have lost five of their last six contests.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped only 13-of-17 shots for Chicago, which will host the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
The Blackhawks got on the board first when Sharp scored on a nice give-and-go with Tony Salmelainen and beat Tellqvist to the stick side 5:04 into the opening period to give Chicago the early advantage.
However the Blackhawks' lead was shortlived. Phoenix answered with a goal of its own just 18 seconds later when Roenick scored out of goal-mouth scramble on a shot from the point be Ed Jovanoski to tie the game at 1-1.
"It was ugly tonight," Roenick said. "We didn't have a good jump, but when you're rolling, you find ways to win hockey games."
The Coyotes took the lead two and a half minutes later while on the power play. With Duncan Keith in the penalty box for hooking, Phoenix capitalized when Zigomanis scored on a wrist shot beating the Chicago netminder to the stick side to give the Coyotes a 2-1 advantage.
Phoenix added to their lead a little over three minutes into the second period. Sjostrom netted an even strength goal, scoring on a weak wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that appeared to handcuff Khabibulin.
"I just had a bad game," Khabibulin said. "Some days you see the puck really well and then there are some games you don't and this was one of them."
The Coyotes continued to pour it on, adding yet another goal with 2:27 left in the second frame. With Radim Vrbata off the ice serving a two-minute minor for hooking, Sharking took advantage, tallying his 10th of the year.
The score remained the same until 9:10 into the third period when Peter Bondra netted a goal to cut the Blackhawks' deficit to 4-2.
The Blackhawks were 1-for-5 on the power play...Chicago center Colin Fraser made his NHL debut...Phoenix has won four of its last six games on the road and is 3-0 versus Chicago this season...Sharking scored his 50th career goal in the win.
01/07 19:04:45 ET