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Coyotes squeak past Blackhawks for third straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Steven Reinprecht has found a home
alongside Shane Doan.

Reinprecht had a goal and two assists, and Doan added a goal and
an assist, and the Phoenix Coyotes held on to beat the Chicago
Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night for their third straight win.

Paul Mara and Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Coyotes, who
have won three of four including two against Chicago in the past
five days.

Reinprecht, acquired from the Calgary Flames on February 1, has
two goals and five assists in his last three games.

"Right now we're just feeding off each other," Reinprecht said
of his linemates, Doan and Fredrik Sjostrom. "I've got more
confidence every game. It's been fun playing with each other."

James Wisniewski, Michael Holmqvist and Kyle Calder scored for
the Blackhawks, who have lost six of their last seven.

Reinprecht broke a 2-2 tie at 16:37 of the second period,
gaining control of a blocked shot by Dennis Seidenberg in the left
faceoff circle, wheeling and beating Craig Anderson for a
power-play goal.

Sanderson extended the lead to 4-2 with 5:22 remaining.

Calder cut the lead to 4-3 with 1:19 remaining, scoring on a
rebound with Anderson off the ice and Chicago already on the
power-play.

"We battled back," Calder said. "We were behind the eight
ball the entire game. They're hungry and you have to mach their
intensity."

The Blackhawks went back on the power play when Zbynek Michalek
was whistled for tripping with 29.7 seconds remaining, but Jamie
Rivers blocked a shot and David LeNevue made one final save for the
win in his first start since November 20.

"I felt really solid and on top of my game," said LeNevue, who
was 10-16-2 with San Antonio before being recalled Wednesday.
"There's always a little bit of nerves when you come back up after
being down for so long but I got over it quickly."

Mara gave the Coyotes a short-lived 1-0 lead at 11:15 of the
first period, shoving home his own rebound off a wraparound attempt
against Anderson.

Wisniewski tied the game 44 seconds later following a series of
drop passes, the last from Patrick Sharp, beating LeNevue from
between the circles for his first career goal.

Phoenix regained the lead 2-1 at 13:57 of the first when Doan
took a pass from Reinprecht at the left side of the net, batted the
puck to the right and beat Anderson to the right side of the goal.

"What's making their line so strong is that they are strong and
disciplined in their own zone," said Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky.
"They aren't cheating. They're making their own bounces and when
they get into the offensive zone they're unselfish with the puck."

Holmqvist made it 2-2 at 15:39 of the period on a one-timer from
the high slot.

"We had our chances," said Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney.
"Their guy played well, but the most impressive thing is they play
hard until the final buzzer. That's a credit to them."

Game notes
Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris blocked a Radim Vrbata shot
off his left ankle with 16:12 remaining and did not return. Gretzky
said Morris suffered only a bruise and should play Saturday against
Anaheim. ... Holmqvist has three goals and two assists in his last
six games. ... LW Josh Gratton made his Coyotes debut with a fight
against Mark Bell on his fourth shift of the game. Gratton was
third in the AHL with 265 penalty minutes in 53 games with the
Philadelphia Phantoms when he was traded to Phoenix by the
Philadelphia Flyers on March 9.<