Saturday, April 14, 2012
First-period wrap: Coyotes 2, Hawks 1
By Jesse Rogers
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago Blackhawks trailed the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 after the first period in Game 2 of their quarterfinal playoff series at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday.
The Hawks got on the board first when Bryan Bickell tipped home a rebound out of mid-air at the end of a Hawks power play. Patrick Sharp was slashed on a mini-breakaway, giving the Hawks the man advantage.
Then, a terrible call by the referees led to an Antoine Vermette power-play score as he stood untouched in front of Corey Crawford. Jonathan Toews was in the penalty box after missing on an offensive chance and while his momentum had him going to the net, goalie Mike Smith shoved him out of the way. Toews was called for goalie interference even though it was Smith who initiated the contact.
The teams combined for 28 shots on net in the opening period. The Hawks had 17.