Coyotes Vs. Blackhawks, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: 0-0 Tie After First Period In Desert

Playing at home would theoretically help the Phoenix Coyotes in their Western Conference Quarterfinals series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Despite the Coyotes keeping the game goalless — it's 0-0 after the first period -- it's the Blackhawks who look hotter in the desert.

Chicago fired 12 shots on Phoenix goalie Mike Smith, taking advantage of three Coyotes giveaways in the period to dominate play. The Coyotes managed only four shots on Corey Crawford in the period.

Bryan Bickell, Andrew Brunette and Michael Frolik each had two shots for the Blackhawks. No Phoenix player had more than one shot on goal, but Adrian Aucoin both drew and committed a penalty in the period.

For all news and information regarding the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, please visit SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub. For more from the Phoenix perspective, head over to the Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey and SB Nation Chicago.

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