Coyotes Vs. Blackhawks, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Phoenix Up 1-0, Poised To Win Series

The Phoenix Coyotes are one period away from heading to the Western Conference Semifinals. And they'll have eliminated the powerful Chicago Blackhawks to do so if they can hang on to the 1-0 lead they enjoy in Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series.

Gilbert Brule took a feed from Marc-Antoine Pouliot in the second period of Game 5 and zipped a shot past Corey Crawford for the first goal of the night in the desert.

The goal was Brule's first of the series, and also got goalie Mike Smith — who has 22 saves on the night — an assist.

The Blackhawks certainly have the firepower to come back, but it would help if Viktor Stalberg could stay out of the penalty box: Stalberg has all three of Chicago's penalties on the night, and went to the sin bin twice in the final five minutes of the second period. Phoenix will begin the third period with a man advantage as a result.

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 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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