National Hockey League
Arizona 5, Chicago 2
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 12, 2019
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Referees: Kendrick Nicholson, Tim Peel
Linesmen: Brian Mach, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 13150

Clayton Keller scored two goals, including one of three first-period tallies that powered the Arizona Coyotes to a 5-2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night in Glendale, Ariz.

The Coyotes scored twice on their first four shots of the game, peppering Chicago goaltender Robin Lehner with 17 shots in the first 20 minutes. Michael Grabner, Keller and Brad Richardson found the net, with former Blackhawk Vinnie Hinostroza assisting on all three first-period goals.

Keller scored his second of the night with 2:07 left in the game. Nick Schmaltz added a goal, Christian Dvorak had two assists, and Arizona outshot the Blackhawks 40-30 for the game.

The Coyotes have won four of their past six games overall despite having a 2-3-1 mark in their past six games at Gila River Arena. They defeated the Blackhawks for the second time in five days after a 4-3 shootout win on Sunday in Chicago.

Jonathan Toews scored Chicago's first goal, his third in five games, with defenseman Dennis Gilbert getting an assist for his first career NHL point.

Former Coyote Dylan Strome, the third overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft for Arizona, scored on a power play at 12:58 of the third period.

The Blackhawks have lost three straight (0-2-1) and are 3-7-2 in their past 12 games. They've lost five of the past six meetings with Arizona, going 1-4-1.

Three former Blackhawks figured in the scoring for Arizona -- Schmaltz, Hinostroza and Jordan Oesterle, who assisted on Keller's first goal.

Darcy Kuemper had 28 saves for the Coyotes. Lehner, 5-0-1 against Arizona in his career until Thursday, stopped 35 shots.

The Blackhawks came into the game short-handed, playing without defensemen Duncan Keith and Calvin de Haan, who was placed on injured reserve before Thursday's game with a right shoulder injury. De Haan was injured in Chicago's Tuesday night loss at Vegas.

Defenseman Olli Maatta returned against Arizona after missing the previous four games due to illness.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Chicago   Arizona
Dylan Strome 1 Points Vinnie Hinostroza 3
Dylan Strome 1 Goals Clayton Keller 2
Alex DeBrincat 1 Assists Vinnie Hinostroza 3
Dylan Strome 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Robin Lehner .875 Save Percentage Darcy Kuemper .933
Robin Lehner 35 Saves Darcy Kuemper 28
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 30 2 1-3 4-4 8 20
Arizona 40 5 0-4 2-3 6 26
Upcoming Games
  • Arizona will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .688 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against St. Louis. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .417 after a win and .350 after a loss.