The Coyotes had minimal scoring chances when the game mattered most. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged Corey Crawford made “two of the biggest saves of the year” in the third period, but until then, it was about his defenders.
“We were sharp, we were aware,” Quenneville said. “Definitely better than last game and the effort was what we were looking for.”
Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith were reunited on the same line for the first time since early February and they excelled against the Coyotes.
The Hawks should be thankful they haven’t had a season-ending injury to a star player -- unless Bolland and/or Sharp turn out to be -- but they’ve had many little ones which have disrupted chemistry.
Quenneville rode his star players against Phoenix. Besides Keith and Seabrook’s busy nights, Hossa played 24:08, Kane, 20:56, and Toews 20:40. Both Niklas Hjalmarsson and Chris Campoli played over 20 minutes as well.
The quote: Campoli on he and Nick Leddy being on the ice with Toews, Kane, and Hossa on the game-winning power play.
“We found ourselves out there with those guys. Pretty fortunate. They’re pretty good players.”