Phoenix 3, Chicago 2

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Phoenix 42-27-3-10 22-13-2-4 20-14-1-6 W2
Chicago 45-26-4-7 27-8-1-5 18-18-3-2 L2

Recap


COYOTES 3, BLACKHAWKS 2 (OT): Mikkel Boedker scored his second straight overtime game-winner to give visiting Phoenix a commanding 3-1 edge in their Western Conference quarterfinal series against Chicago.

Boedker, who won Game 3 in overtime, outraced Chicago's defense and appeared to loose control of the puck but it slid underneath Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford for the victory at 2:15 of the extra session.

Shane Doan and Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Coyotes, who blew a two-goal lead in the final 10 minutes before Boedker's heroics.

Mike Smith turned aside 30 shots for Phoenix, which can wrap up the series at home in Saturday's Game 5.

It marked only the second time in league history that a series has opened with four straight overtime games. The other was the 1951 Stanley Cup Finals between Montreal and Toronto.

The Coyotes seemingly took command of the game - and the series - when Doan and Pyatt scored 44 seconds apart in the third period for a 2-0 lead with just over 12 minutes to play.

The Blackhawks refused to wilt and cut the deficit in half less than three minutes later on Brendan Morrison's tally, his first point in 12 games with the team since he was acquired from Calgary.

Chicago swarmed the Coyotes with relentless pressure and finally got the equalizer when Michael Frolik poked a rebound past Smith with only 1:26 left in regulation.

Crawford had 16 saves for Chicago, which came back from a 3-0 series deficit vs. Vancouver last season before losing in Game 7.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said there was nothing new to report on the condition of injured forward Marian Hossa, who suffered a brutal hit from Phoenix's Raffi Torres in Game 3. ... Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette received a game misconduct for a jersey violation following a fight with Chicago's Brandon Bollig. ... Blackhawks center Jamal Mayers was replaced in the lineup by Morrison. Rookie Brandon Saad also started for Chicago.

Top Game Performances

Phoenix   Chicago
Mikkel Boedker 1 Points Michael Frolik 1
Mikkel Boedker 1 Goals Michael Frolik 1
Boyd Gordon 1 Assists David Bolland 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mike Smith .938 Save Percentage Corey Crawford .842
Mike Smith 30 Saves Corey Crawford 16

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Phoenix 19 3 0-2 3-3 21 27
Chicago 32 2 0-3 2-2 9 21

Upcoming Games

  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Chicago . The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .614 after a win and .474 after a loss.
  • Phoenix will play their next game at home against Chicago . The Coyotes have a W/L % of .476 after a win and .550 after a loss.
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