NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Phoenix |
(Tuesday, October 28th)
Final Score: Chicago 2, Phoenix 2
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Branko Radivojevic scored the tying goal early
in the third period, lifting the Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-2 draw with the
Chicago Blackhawks at America West Arena.
Chris Gratton also scored for the Coyotes, who played to their third straight
tie and are 0-3-3 in six games after opening the season with three wins. Zac
Bierk made 26 saves for Phoenix.
Ville Nieminen notched a goal and an assist for Chicago, while Igor Radulov
also scored. The Blackhawks are 2-0-3 in their last five and wrapped up a
four-game road trip with a win and three ties.
"We got five of eight points on the road trip," said Blackhawks head coach
Brian Sutter. "When you play four games in seven nights and you get something
in every building, it is the best road trip this team has been on in about
five or six years and we are not totally happy with it. We are pleased with
the progress we are making."
Jocelyn Thibault made 35 saves for Chicago and withstood a third-period
barrage by stopping 14-of-15 shots.
The Coyotes tied it on Radivojevic's second goal at 6:43 of the third. Mike
Sillinger worked the puck into the Chicago zone along the right wing and fed a
pass to Radivojevic, who was trailing the play. Radivojevic skated alone down
the slot between defenders and backhanded a shot past the stick of Thibault.
"They don't quit," said Phoenix head coach Bobby Francis. "That is three games
in a row we have come from behind."
Phoenix had a great chance to win it in the final seconds of regulation. After
a faceoff win, Thibault made a save on a shot from the point and left the
rebound at the left side of the crease. Paul Mara was there for Phoenix, but
his backhander went wide of the net.
The Coyotes outshot the Blackhawks 15-6 in the third period. Each team had two
shots in overtime.
Gratton had the best chance to win it for Phoenix in overtime. He was cutting
down the slot and took a feed from Sillinger, but Thibault made the save with
1:26 left in the extra period.
"The only negative part was we had a lead and lost it, but we still got a
point out of it," Thibault said. "We have a young team and when we are playing
with a lead we have a tendency to sit back a bit. I try to give confidence in
my team I hope they think if it gets by them I will be there for them."
The Blackhawks scored first at 12:07 of the opening period on Radulov's first
goal of the season. Mark Bell broke into the Phoenix zone along the left wing
with Radulov on a 2-on-1 break. Bell fed the puck from the left circle to
Radulov, who quickly snapped a one-timer home from the right circle for a 1-0
Phoenix answered just 22 seconds later. Jan Hrdina had the puck behind the
Chicago net and made a pass from the right post across the top of the crease
to Gratton, who made a backhand flip from in front past Thibault for his first
goal as a Coyote.
"We got down low and that creates some pretty good chances," said Gratton.
"That is something we have to work on. We are pretty big guys and if we go
down low we will get more chances."
The Blackhawks scored the only goal of the second period on Nieminen's first
of the season at the 2:46 mark. Steve Sullivan did most of the work on the
power play, carrying the puck into the Phoenix zone along the right wing. He
then sent a pass into the slot for Nieminen, who fired it past Bierk.
Phoenix had a chance to tie the game late in the second period while
shorthanded, but failed to hit the net on a 3-on-1 break.
The Blackhawks were 1-for-7 on the power play and killed off each of Phoenix's
five chances with the extra skater...The Coyotes have still killed off 17 of
their last 18 shorthanded situations...Chicago is 2-0-1 in its last three
trips to Phoenix...Phoenix's Ossi Vaananen was given a game misconduct late in
the first period for a boarding major.
10/29 01:21:26 ET