NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Chicago
(Wednesday, February 27th)
Final Score: Chicago 1, Phoenix 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Patrick Lalime made 32 saves to record his first shutout of the season and 35th of his career, as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Phoenix Coyotes, 1-0, at the United Center.
Jason Williams tallied the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who have won six of their last eight games. Andrew Ladd, who came over from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Tuomo Ruutu at the trade deadline, registered five shots in his debut.
"What a great effort," said Lalime. "It's easy to make stops when you can see the puck, and I could see the puck real good. We know how big the points are for us, we just have to keep winning. We have to do whatever it takes, it's that time of year and everyone's pitching in."
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 24-of-25 shots for the Coyotes, who have dropped three of four.
"It's a disappointment," said Phoenix captain Shane Doan. "We played desperate and just couldn't get one past Lalime. He was outstanding."
Off an odd carom, the Blackhawks scored the only goal of the contest. Dave Bolland emerged from the left corner in possession of the puck and skated to the middle of the ice, where he spun around and fired a shot that ricocheted off the skate of Williams and past a startled Bryzgalov at the 7:58 mark of the first.
In the second period, Chicago had a 5-on-3 power play for 50 seconds, but failed to convert.
Phoenix applied relentless pressure in the third, firing 16 shots on goal, and with 46.2 seconds to go in regulation, Chicago rookie Patrick Kane was assessed a two-minute minor for hooking.
The Coyotes pulled Bryzgalov to create a 6-on-4 advantage, but couldn't solve Lalime.
Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris played in the 700th game of his NHL career...Chicago won the four-game season series (3-1-0)...Chicago goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin missed the game with back spasms. Corey Crawford served as the backup...Lalime had allowed 14 goals over his last three games coming in...It was Lalime's first shutout since his Blackhawks debut on February 7, 2007...Both clubs finished the game 0-for-2 on the power play.
02/27 23:44:26 ET