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Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 1
Chicago Blackhawks 1, Phoenix Coyotes 3

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Peter Mueller had little trouble expressing his relief after scoring his first goal of the season.

"Finally," Mueller said after the Coyotes' 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. "It's like someone took a weight vest off of me."

Mueller spent two games as a healthy scratch before returning to the lineup Wednesday in Colorado. Though he didn't record a point, extending his scoreless streak to seven games, Phoenix coach Dave Tippett saw an immediate difference.

"He sat out a couple of games and it hopefully helped him get his urgency back," Tippett said. "There's an urgency in the details in what he's doing in practice. He's not so nonchalant, and that has shown the last two games."

Scottie Upshall also scored, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves for the Coyotes, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

"Everyone was in together," Bryzgalov said. "There were no passengers tonight. Everybody did his role."

Kris Versteeg had a short-handed goal for the Blackhawks, who have lost two of three.

"They're a better team," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said of the Coyotes. "They're deeper, they're balanced, they have a very mobile defense and they've got good goaltending."

Hanzal needed just 2:34 to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead, sending a sharp wrist shot from the middle of the left circle between Cristobal Huet's pads.

Mueller made it 2-0 at 11:55 on a rebound after Hanzal tried to redirect a pass from Shane Doan from the half-boards.

Upshall extended the lead to 3-0 at 10:38 of the second period with a wrist shot from the left circle just inside the right post.

Versteeg brought the Blackhawks within 3-1 at 13:56 of the second period, taking a back pass from Patrick Kane and beating Bryzgalov with a wrister from the left circle. Despite being short-handed, Chicago spent most of the first 90 seconds of the power play cycling in the Coyotes' zone before scoring.

Colin Fraser appeared to cut the deficit to one with 9:20 remaining, but the apparent goal was overturned by video review which showed that Fraser kicked in the puck.

"We've got to bear down and try to get to those opportunities," Versteeg said. "If we score on half our opportunities it's totally a different game."

NOTES: Coyotes D Ed Jovanovski left late in the third period with an apparent lower-body injury. The announced crowd of 10,362 was the third-highest of the season. Kane and Patrick Sharp missed on consecutive breakaway attempts early in the second period. Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews (concussion) skated before the game, but missed his fifth straight contest. Toews was injured on Oct. 21 and might return to the lineup on Friday. Phoenix was without Zbynek Michalek, who sustained a lower-body injury in the Coyotes' 4-1 loss to Colorado on Wednesday and is listed as "week to week." Kane has six points in six games.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:54
PHX
Martin Hanzal (3) ASST: Ed Jovanovski (8)
1 - 0 PHX
11:55
PHX
Peter Mueller (1) ASST: Martin Hanzal (4), Shane Doan (9)
2 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
10:38
PHX
Scottie Upshall (5) ASST: David Schlemko (1), Petr Prucha (2)
3 - 0 PHX
13:56
CHI
SHG - Kris Versteeg (4) ASST: Patrick Kane (9), Brian Campbell (7)
3 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
09:23
PHX
Sami Lepisto  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
13:13
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Roughing against  Tomas Kopecky
17:08
PHX
Scottie Upshall  Too many men/ice - bench
18:31
CHI
Tomas Kopecky  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ilya Bryzgalov
19:49
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Kris Versteeg
2nd Period
12:45
CHI
Brent Sopel  Interference against  Vernon Fiddler
16:05
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Cross checking against  Tomas Kopecky
3rd Period
03:14
CHI
Jordan Hendry  Tripping against  Vernon Fiddler
09:20
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Hooking against  Andrew Ebbett
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
SA: 23TOI: 57:35
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .870SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
9-4-0
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 13
SV%: .969SH: 1 - 2