Darling gets first shutout; Blackhawks beat Coyotes

Scott Darling #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a stop against the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on December 6, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO  — 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.