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Coyotes Can't Keep the Streak Going: Lose to Blackhawks 5-2

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This is going to be a pretty short recap as it is late and there is very little that I have to say about this one. Basically, there are times when you come out flat as a team and this was one of those occasions for the Phoenix Coyotes. Although they kept it close for much of the game, they could not sustain any pressure and they were just holding on for dear life against a Chicago Blackhawks team that simply played a much better game than the Desert Dogs tonight.

Not that it necessarily would have changed anything, but it would be nice to know what might have been if Daymond Langkow can control the pass from Derek Morris while shorthanded in the first and put the puck in the wide open net. Watching it live, it was an incredible play by Morris and get Corey Crawford so far out of position. Unfortunately, he fired the puck at the skate of Langkow and it was just a missed opportunity.

The goals from Taylor Pyatt and Ray Whitney were opportunistic, but they were the only opportunities that the Coyotes could take advantage of despite numerous quality scoring chances. On the other side, Chicago was jumping on every turnover, with the most egregious being Dave Bolland's cutting off the breakout drop pass from Keith Yandle to Radim Vrbata and blasting a shot past Jason LaBarbera to start the third period. At the time, the game was very much up for grabs, despite the fact that Chicago was controlling play throughout.

The final shot tallies tell pretty much the whole story as the Coyotes were outshot 36-16 on the night. LaBarbera certainly wasn't as sharp as he was in Nashville, but it's hard to keep as skilled players as are on the Blackhawks off the board when they are getting that many opportunities.

While it definitely wasn't a sellout at the Job last night, it was a pretty decent sized crowd and the Chicago contingency made themselves well heard throughout. Coyotes will look to rebound Thursday night against the Kings who won fairly easily tonight against the Blues.