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Darling gets first shutout; Blackhawks beat tired Coyotes

  • Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) tries to score against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) as defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) tries to score against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) as defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks center Dennis Rasmussen (70) reacts after scoring against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    Chicago Blackhawks center Dennis Rasmussen (70) reacts after scoring against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)  (The Associated Press)

Marian Hossa had two goals, Scott Darling made 22 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game slide.

Artem Anisimov and Dennis Rasmussen also scored to help Chicago maintain a three-point lead over St. Louis in the Central Division.

Darling made a handful of tough stops but wasn't heavily tested in his first shutout this season and third of his career. He started his third straight game in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford, who had an appendectomy in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Hossa scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals in his 27th game — surpassing his total of 13 last season in 64 contests.

Mike Smith blocked 23 shots as the Coyotes lost their fifth straight and completed a quick road trip, playing their second game in two nights. Arizona lost 4-1 on Monday night at Columbus with Louis Domingue in goal in the second contest of a home-and-home set with the Blue Jackets.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews sat out his seventh straight game with an upper-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville said earlier on Tuesday he hopes Toews will rejoin the Blackhawks when they travel to New York next week to face the Rangers and Islanders.

Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook left with 6:38 left in the second period following a hit from Jordan Martinook that threw him awkwardly against the boards.

Anisimov's power-play tip-in from the edge of the crease with 4:23 left in the first period opened the scoring. He was set up by Patrick Kane's pinpoint feed from the lower right corner and deflected the puck just under Smith's pads.

Barely a minute after Darling made a point-blank save on Tobias Rieder, Hossa and Rasmussen struck for goals 19 seconds apart early in the second to boost Chicago's lead to 3-0.

The 37-year-old Hossa flashed his skill to complete a 2-on-1 with Ryan Hartman at 6:26 that made it 2-0. Hossa controlled Hartman's cross-ice pass with his right skate, kicked it to his stick and then stuffed a shot under Smith's glove from the edge of the crease.

Smith stopped Richard Panik from the doorstep moments later, but Panik jumped on the rebound behind the net and shoveled it in front to Rasmussen.

Hossa completed the scoring by converting a breakaway with 3:16 left. He beat Smith with a wrist shot on the stick side after being sent in by Niklas Hjalmarrson's pass.

NOTES: Referee Gord Dwyer left after the first period with an illness. ... Crawford, expected to miss two to three weeks, has begun off-ice exercises. ... Arizona entered having allowed a league-high 850 shots. ... Chicago D Trevor van Riemsdyk played in his second contest since being activated from IR (upper body) last Friday and missing 20 games. He skated at Philadelphia on Saturday, but sat out Sunday against Winnipeg. ... Chicago D's Michal Kempny and Michal Rozsival were healthy scratches, as were Arizona C Tyler Gaudet and D Kevin Connauton.

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Coyotes: Host Calgary on Thursday night.

Blackhawks: Host the New York Rangers on Friday night.