Coyotes 4, Blackhawks 2
Jan. 10, 1998
CHICAGO (AP) _ Oleg Tverdovsky broke a tie with his first goal of the season at 46 seconds of the third period to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.
Rick Tocchet added an insurance goal with 1:51 remaining.
Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk also scored for Phoenix, which snapped the Blackhawks' six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2).
Eric Daze and Gary Suter scored for the Blackhawks, now 0-3-1 against Phoenix this season.
Tverdovsky, who also had an assist Friday night, had not recorded a point in eight previous games this season. The NHL's fourth highest scoring defenseman last season with 55 points, Tverdovsky didn't play this season until Dec. 20 due to a contract holdout.
Coyotes goaltender Jimmy Waite stopped 19 of 21 Chicago shots to earn his first victory ever against the Blackhawks, his first NHL team.
Chicago led 1-0 after the first period thanks to Daze's power-play goal at 2:29. Daze, cutting through the slot, took a pass from James Black and then beat Waite high on the glove side.
Roenick tied it with a power-play goal at 11:07. Standing on the goal line at the edge of the crease, he lofted Tverdovsky's feed from the left point past goalie Jeff Hackett.
Suter's goal, at 14:53, restored Chicago's lead at 2-1. He connected after taking a pass from Tony Amonte, who was behind the Coyotes' net. Tkachuk re-tied the game 2-2 at 17:50 with a power-play goal when he deflected in Teppo Numminen's shot from the left point.
Tverdovsky gave the Coyotes their first lead at 46 seconds of the third period when he slipped into the left circle and converted Dallas Drake's pass from behind the Chicago net.
Tocchet added an insurance goal, converting a wrist shot from the slot to make it 4-2 with 1:51 remaining.
The crowd of 22,393 was the Blackhawks' largest this season.