NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Chicago|
(Monday, December 5th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Chicago 3 (SO)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata both
scored in the shootout, as the Phoenix Coyotes, despite blowing a three-goal
lead, came away with a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United
After a scoreless third period and uneventful overtime, Ekman-Larsson beat Ray
Emery on the glove side with a quick shot. Emery had stopped all 11 shots he
faced after replacing Corey Crawford early in the second period.
Phoenix goalie Mike Smith gave up a pair of second-period goals to Jonathan
Toews but denied the Chicago captain in the first round of the shootout.
Vrbata, who netted his team-leading 13th goal of the season earlier, then
lifted a backhander over Emery's right pad before Smith turned aside a bid
from Marian Hossa.
Smith finished with 32 saves for the Coyotes, who had dropped two straight
since posting a 4-1 win in Chicago last Tuesday.
Crawford was lifted from the game after Keith Yandle lit the lamp 69 seconds
into the middle frame.
Toews ignited the comeback at 2:40, then redirected Duncan Keith's point shot
for a power-play goal at 9:27. He then set up Patrick Kane's tying marker with
6:03 to play in the second.
"Disappointed with our start, but good comeback, good point," said Chicago
head coach Joel Quenneville.
Raffi Torres and Vrbata put Phoenix ahead 2-0 with goals in the first period.
Chicago defenseman Steve Montador fell down in the neutral zone, leading to an
odd-man rush for the Coyotes and Mikkel Boedker fed Torres for a one-timer at
A giveaway in their own zone by the Blackhawks led to Vrbata taking Ray
Whitney's pass from behind the net and beating a prone Crawford with 1:47
remaining in the first.
"We came out with a great first period and then kind of let our guard down a
little bit and got away from our game plan," Smith said.
Vrbata has scored 12 goals in his last 17 games...Crawford made 13
saves...Chicago was seeking a third consecutive win...Whitney recorded his
599th career assist...The Coyotes haven't lost three straight games in
regulation since February 12-March 2, 2010, a span that was broken up by the
Olympic break...The visiting team has won each of the first three matchups
12/06 00:42:07 ET