Phoenix squeaks by Chicago thirteen minutes into overtime

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

The NHL opening round playoff series between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks shifted to the windy city Tuesday night for game 3, where Phoenix squeaked by Chicago thirteen minutes into overtime.

Each of the two teams managed to take a game in the Arizona desert, so control of the series was up for grabs at the United Center.

The first key moment in the scoreless game was the huge hit delivered to Chicago's Marion Hossa by Phoenix's Raffi Torres. Replays show that Torres not only left his feet, but led with his shoulder into Hossa's yead -- yet neither referee on the ice called a penalty. Blackhawk medics removed Hossa from the ice on a stretcher. He was treated and released from a local hospital.

First goal of the game came with less than a minute to go in the first period, when Patrick Kane took the Blackhawks to a 1-0 lead. Fast forward to the third period, when Rostislav Klesla snaps one past Corey Crowford to tie the game, and the Hawks take advantage of the odd-man rush just 33 seconds later and set up Michael Frolik to take the 2-1 lead.

Just 32 seconds after that, Ray Whitney pounces on Crawford's dropped rebound to send the tie game into overtime.

Thirteen minutes into overtime, Mikkel Boedker fires from a sharp angle, and the puck trickles in to put the Blackhawks behind in the series, trailing two games to one.

FINAL: PHOENIX 3, CHICAGO 2. COYOTES LEAD SERIES 2-1.


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