Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Chicago Holds 1-0 Lead Afer 2 Periods

The Chicago Blackhawks lead the Phoenix Coyotes, 1-0, after two periods of play in a series that is tied at one game a piece. Andrew Brunette's goal at 19:31 in the first period remains the only score of the game. The Blackhawks appeared to have a second goal with about two minutes remaining in the second period -- the reverberation of the pipes caused some confusion among the players -- but the puck clearly deflected off the pipe.

Both goalies have been solid in net. Mike Smith, who received a heavy blow in the previous game, has stopped 19 of 20 shots for the Coyotes while Corey Crawford has done Smith better by stopping 22 of 22 shots.

After the second period ended, the players wound up getting into a series of scuffles that took several minutes to end. A Coyotes player poked Jonathan Toews with his stick as the buzzer went off and that eventually resulted in some shoving and pushing that spread to everyone else on the ice.

Stick with SBNation.com for full Coyotes vs. Blackhawks series coverage. For more from the Phoenix perspective, head over to the Five For Howling. For more on the Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey.

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