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Hawks-Coyotes: Three Stars for Game 1

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The Chicago Sun-Times' "3 stars" from Game 1 of the Blackhawks' first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes:

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1 - Mike Smith

The Coyotes goalie had 43 saves, including five in overtime, to nullify the Hawks' 45-34 shot advantage. It was the sixth consecutive game he allowed less than three goals.

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2 - Martin Hanzal

The Coyotes center scored the game-winning goal 9:29 into overtime and personified Phoenix's physical approach with a game-high eight of the Coyotes' 48 hits. His goal snapped a 24-game scoreless drought.

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3 - Jonathan Toews

The Hawks captain scored on his first shot since suffering a concussion that forced him to miss 22 games. He also assisted on Brent Seabrook's tying goal with 14.2 seconds left in regulation.

(Image source: Associated Press)

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns

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