How it happened: The Blackhawks didn't explode offensively as they hoped, but they found enough to get by. Brad Richards broke a 1-1 tie when he scored off a rebound at the net on a power play at 12 minutes, 49 seconds of the third period. Both teams scored in the first period. The Coyotes jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Tobias Rieder scored from the right circle at 4:53; Chicago evened the game when Andrew Shaw scored in front of the net on a power play later in the period -- the Blackhawks' first power-play goal in 16 attempts. Chicago went 2-for-6 with the advantage Thursday. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 17 saves, while Coyotes counterpart Mike Smith made 43.
What it means: The Blackhawks improved to 40-21-6 with 86 points. They're also 4-1-1 without Patrick Kane. With a win earlier Thursday, the St. Louis Blues overtook the Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division; both have 91 points, but the Blues have two games in hand after the Predators lost at San Jose later in the night. The Blackhawks remain in third place. The Coyotes, meanwhile, dropped their third consecutive game. The two major takeaways for the Blackhawks will be that their power play was better than it had been recently, and Shaw and Richards snapped goal slumps. Richards hadn't scored in his previous 23 games; Shaw ended an 18-game slump. It was also Richards' 900th career point. The Blackhawks will look to get Patrick Sharp going next. He had a team-high seven shots on net and has 17 shots in the past three games as he seeks his first goal since Jan. 28.
Player of the game: Crawford didn't have to make a lot of saves, but he made some quality ones. He has also been the main reason the Blackhawks have been in every game of late. He has allowed one goal or less in four of his past five starts.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks had 44 shots on goal to the Coyotes' 18.
What’s next: The Blackhawks remain on the road and play the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. The Blackhawks defeated the Sharks 5-2 in Chicago on Nov. 9 and lost to them 2-0 in San Jose, California, on Jan. 31.