- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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The teams exchanged goals in the second period. First, Brandon Bollig tallied his first career goal on a wicked wrist shot coming down the left wing. The score tied the game at 2-2.
A few minutes later, Andrew Shaw ran goaltender Mike Smith behind his net and was kicked out of the game after being called for charging. He was given a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for the play. Smith went flying onto the ice and lay there for several minutes as trainers attended to him. He stayed in the game and the Coyotes scored on the ensuing power play when Antoine Vermette got one past Corey Crawford with Raffi Torres providing a screen.
As for the charging call on Shaw, the NHL rulebook defines charging as:
“Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A “charge” may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice.”
As for hitting goaltenders, the rulebook states:
“A goalkeeper is not “fair game” just because he is outside the goal crease area. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an opposing player makes unnecessary contact with a goalkeeper. However, incidental contact, at the discretion of the referee, will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”
The Hawks had back-to-back power-play chances late in the second period but failed to score. They have 29 shots on net to the Coyotes’ 21.
2nd-period wrap: The Blackhawks continue to trail the Coyotes.