The Chicago Blackhawks were back on home ice for the first time in more that two weeks as they faced the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night at the United Center.
The Hawks were looking to build on their recent six-game road trip during which they won three times but instead came out flat and stayed that way as they fell 4-1 to the Coyotes in front of a crowd of 21,183.
Ryan Whitney had a goal and two assists and Daymond Langkow, Shane Doan and Radim Vrbata each added a score and a helper to supply the offense for Phoenix, which won for the third time in its last four games. Goaltender Mike Smith was the recipient of the offense and a Hawks attack that was out of sorts from the opening puck drop and never recovered. Smith made 24 saves to record the victory as the netminder allowed only Patrick Sharp's power-play goal in the final minute. Corey Crawford started in goal for the Hawks and allowed four goals on 21 shots before being lifted in favor of backup Ray Emery.
Scratches for the Hawks included defensemen Sami Lepisto and John Scott and rookie forward Ben Smith.
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