CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Blackhawks really don’t have anything to lose with the remaining games left to be played in the regular season, but the Phoenix Coyotes who come into tonight’s matchup are fighting for their post season lives. Both team played hard for a full 65 minutes but the Coyotes inched it out in the shootout to earn the coveted extra point in a 3-2 victory.
Blackhawk defenseman Brent Seabrook had a career night scoring both of Chicago’s goals on the power play. The first goal came at the 11:20 mark as Nick Leddy fed his defensive mate a one-timer in past Mike Smith who returned in goal for the Coyotes after missing the last two games with a lower body injury.
Forty-six seconds later, Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesa dumped the puck in from center ice and skated to the bench for the line change, but what he didn’t know was that he scored on a fluke goal that took a bad bounce that handcuffed Corey Crawford.
It only took three minutes and twenty seconds to cover the first three goals of the game. Chicago turned over the puck in their own zone to former Blackhawk Rob Kinkhammer skating in at center, he spotted Radim Vrbata at the wing with a dish pass, settled the puck and swept it in.
Seabrook finished the scoring in regulation as he took a no-look backhanded pass from Patrick Kane who was skating along the near boards.
Kane was the only one to convert on the penalty shot while David Schlemko added a goal to the one by Mikkel Boedker for the shootout win.
Smith got the win stopping 36 shots to improve his record to 14-11-4 while Crawford went 23 of 25 in the loss with a still stellar record of 18-4-5.
Three Stars of the Game
Third Star went to the Coyotes Radim Vrbata with a goal on six shots
Second Star went to the Coyotes Mike Smith for the win
First Star with two power play goals on four shots goes to Blackhawk Brent Seabrook
The Chicago Blackhawks will now travel west to Canada to face the Vancouver Canucks on Monday followed by the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday then coming home for the regular season finale against the Calgary Flames and then closing the 48 game schedule by traveling south to face the St. Louis Blues.