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Hawks’ win tempered by apparent knee injury to Patrick Sharp

BLACKHAWKS 2, COYOTES 1

BLACKHAWKS 1 0 1 — 2

Phoenix 0 1 0 — 1

First Period—1, HAWKS, Keith 6 (Leddy, Hossa), 19:30 (pp). Penalties—Sharp, HAWKS (tripping), 15:01; Belanger, Pho (high-sticking), 18:25.

Second Period—2, Phoenix, Belanger 13 (Rozsival, Boedker), 18:43. Penalties—None.

Third Period—3, HAWKS, Campoli 4 (Toews, Kane), 13:26 (pp). Penalties—Doan, Pho (holding), 11:40.

Shots on Goal—HAWKS 8-11-9—28. Phoenix 4-14-5—23.

Power-play opportunities—HAWKS 2 of 2; Phoenix 0 of 1.

Goalies—HAWKS, Crawford 28-14-5 (23 shots-22 saves). Phoenix, Bryzgalov 32-18-8 (28-26).

Referees—Paul Devorski, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen—Greg Devorski, Brad Lazarowich.

A—17,328 (17,135). T—2:15.

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Blackhawks got a victory they desperately needed but also were dealt a blow they might not be able to afford.

All-Star winger Patrick Sharp was helped to the locker room with 1:35 left in the first period of the Hawks’ 2-1 victory Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. Sharp, who collided with Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla, was favoring his left knee as he left the ice and didn’t return.

‘‘It’s just the story of the year, it seems like,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. ‘‘We’ve had a lot of guys go down with injuries like that, and as frustrating as it is for those individuals, they always battle back and bring a lot back to our lineup when they’re ready to play again.’’

The Hawks declined to elaborate about the extent of the injury or how long Sharp might be out but said he would be re-evaluated today.

‘‘I’m sure Sharpie’s frustrated, and he’s going to hurry back as quick as he can,’’ Toews said. ‘‘We want him to make a full recovery, [but] for the time being we’re going to have to step it up and find a way.’’

Coach Joel Quenneville installed Troy Brouwer in place of Sharp alongside Toews and Patrick Kane on the top line, and the Hawks were forced to juggle lines for an extended period for the second consecutive game.

The Hawks have been without defenseman Brian Campbell (left leg) and center Dave Bolland (concussion) for the last four games and played without wingers Kane, Marian Hossa and Fernando Pisani for stretches this season.

Newly acquired defenseman Chris Campoli crashed in from the left point and knocked in a pass across the crease from Toews to break a 1-1 tie with 6:34 left in the third period. It was his first goal in nine games with the Hawks.

‘‘It was a great pass,’’ Campoli said. ‘‘If I’d have missed that one, that wouldn’t have felt very good. It’s a monkey off my back, for sure. It was a big goal at crucial point in the game. Winning in regulation is what we wanted to do, what we set out to do, and we got it done.’’

Defenseman Duncan Keith also scored for the Hawks, who got both of their goals on the power play. The Hawks scored on six of their 10 power plays in four games against the Coyotes this season.

‘‘I don’t think it matters who we’re playing against,’’ Toews said. ‘‘The power play has to be big for us, and special teams made a difference for us tonight. We know the power play and penalty kill are a big deal in the playoffs, and these games here are as close as it gets to playoff-style hockey.’’

Goalie Corey Crawford made 22 saves and stopped Coyotes winger Ray Whitney twice in the last two minutes, including a save on a breakaway with 1:42 left. He allowed fewer than three goals for the first time in seven starts.

‘‘I thought he made his two biggest saves of the year when the game was in the critical moments late,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘He looked big in the net, and I liked the way he was challenging.’’

The victory lifted the Hawks into fifth place in the Western Conference playoff race with 86 points. They own the tiebreakers with the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators.



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