Final Score: Chicago 5, Phoenix 4 (SO)
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Pirri tied the game in the third
period and scored the deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Chicago
Blackhawks over the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-4.
Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks,
who have won four straight games. Corey Crawford made 26 saves.
After the game, Chicago acquired forwards Kris Versteeg and Phillippe Lefebrve
from the Florida Panthers for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen.
Versteeg won a Cup with Chicago in 2010.
Michael Stone had two goals for the Coyotes, who had a two-game winning streak
snapped. Shane Doan and Lauri Korpikoski added one goal apiece.
Mike Smith stopped 48-of-52 shots in defeat.
"You have to fight hard against a team like that in their own arena," said
Smith. "The guys did a good job of sticking with it and give us a point on the
Pirri lit the lamp three minutes into the third period to make it a 4-4 game.
Brent Seabrook's shot from the top of the right circle was deflected in by
The shootout was tied 1-1 heading into the fourth round after Jonathan Toews
and Radim Vrbata scored for their respective teams. Pirri's wrister trickled
past Smith and Crawford stopped Mike Ribeiro.
"The was my first one up here," said Pirri about his shootout attempt and
score. "I just wanted to get him moving because he's a big guy and tried to
find a hole."
Saad put home his own rebound 2:37 into the game. Sharp made it 2-0 at the
6:22 mark on a blast from the point.
Stone cut the deficit in half at the 7:03 mark when his shot from the right
point deflected off Pirri's stick and past Crawford.
Doan put home a rebound at the 14:04 mark to tie it at 2-2.
Hossa gave Chicago the lead back at the 5:05 mark of the middle stanza. He
jammed home his own rebound after a shot from the top of the left circle.
Phoenix responded with back-to-back goals to take a 4-3 lead. After Korpikoski
scored off a rebound at the 14:55 mark, Stone fired a wrister from above the
right circle at 17:06.
Phoenix had recorded three straight victories at the United Center ... Coyotes
defenseman Zbynek Michalek left the game with a lower-body injury ... Chicago
improved to 8-1-3 at home this season ... Martin Hanzal and Vrbata returned to
the lineup for the Coyotes ... The Blackhawks placed forward Michal Handzus on
injured reserve and recalled forward Alex Broadhurst from the Rockford IceHogs
of the American Hockey League. Also, the team reassigned forwards Jeremy Morin
and Alex Broadhurst to Rockford.
11/15 01:54:38 ET
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