Chicago Blackhawks

Crawford leads Hawks past Coyotes

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford blocks a shot by Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the second period Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)[]

CHICAGO – Corey Crawford made 31 saves, Artem Anisimov scored with 4:47 left in the third period, and the Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes, 3-1, on Sunday night.

Tommy Wingels and Nick Schmaltz also scored in the third as the Hawks earned their second straight win after dropping five in a row. Patrick Kane had two assists to run his career total to 781 points, breaking a tie with Doug Wilson for fifth on the franchise scoring list.

Kane found an open Anisimov in the right circle for the center’s team-high 13th goal, giving the Hawks a 2-1 lead. The connection happened 71 seconds after Anthony Duclair tied it at 1 with his seventh goal for Arizona, tipping home Alex Goligoski’s pass in front.

Kane then set up Schmaltz with a slick pass with 3:02 left. It was Schmaltz’s first goal since Nov. 27 and No. 5 on the season.

Scott Wedgewood made 34 saves for Arizona, which dropped its fourth straight game.

Wedgewood and Crawford were locked in a scoreless duel when John Hayden made a nice pass to set up Wingels’ one-timer 7:36 into the third period. Wingels also scored a tying short-handed goal in the third during the Hawks’ 3-2 overtime win against Buffalo on Friday night.

The Coyotes were coming off a 1-0 loss at Columbus on Saturday night, but they skated right with the Hawks for most of the game.


Hawks D Cody Franson was scratched with an upper-body injury. D Jordan Oesterle made his first appearance since Nov. 12. ... F Christian Fischer played in his native Chicago for the first time in the NHL. The 20-year-old Fischer made his debut with the Coyotes in January. ... Hawks forward Ryan Hartman was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Hartman was whistled for three penalties in a 6-2 loss at Washington on Wednesday, including a double minor for high-sticking in the second period. ... Arizona scratched C Nick Cousins, D Kyle Capobianco and G Michael Leighton.


Hawks: Host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Coyotes: Begin a five-game homestand Thursday night against Tampa Bay.