The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed in the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes had defeated the Blackhawks six out of their last six meetings at the United Center. Tonight’s was game filled with shots, shots, and more shots! The Blackhawks record a season high 52 shots on net tonight.
Let’s get to the breakdown:
1st period: The scoring tonight was kicked off by the General, Brandon Saad. Saad would score 2:37 into the game. The Blackhawks would add to their lead on power play goal by Patrick Sharp. The shutout would not last very long; Michael Stone would score less than a minute after the Sharp scored. Marian Hossa would get penalized late in the second period. The franchise Shan Doan would tie the game at two. Brandon Bolling would get two minutes for holding and then another two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Coyotes could not capitalize on the Bolling penalty. The first period would end tied at two.
2nd period: Hossa would start the period off with a bang, scoring an early second period goal. The Blackhawks hold the lead until 6:04 left in the period, Lauri Korpikoski would tie the game at three. The Coyotes would take the lead three minutes and eleven seconds later. Michael Stone would register his second goal of the night. The Coyotes would lead four to three after two periods.
3rd period: The third period would be kicked off by a laser from Brent Seabrook; Brandon Pirri would redirect the Seabrook the shot to tie the game at four. Andrew Shaw would get into the head of Mike Smith with his play. Shaw was called for interference early in the third. Smith would retaliate against Shaw and draw a roughing penalty of his own. The game would end knotted at four in regulation.
Overtime: Despite numerous scoring chances by Hossa, Sharp, and Seabrook, the game would stay tied through the five minute overtime.
Round1: The Blackhawks elected to go first. The Blackhawks started with Jonathan Toews who displayed a new shootout move to go up 1-0. The Coyotes would counter with Antoine Vermette who was denied by Corey Crawford. After round one, the Blackhawks lead 1-0.
Round2: Patrick Sharp was up second for the Blackhawks. He would be denied by Smith. The Coyotes would send Radim Vrbata who beat Crawford to tie the game at two. After two rounds, it was 2-2.
Round3: Patrick Kane was shut down by Smith on a tricky move. Mikkei Boedker would try to win to it for the Coyotes but Crawford would hold. After three rounds, the score was still tied at 2-2.
Round4: The Shootout had to go four rounds. Coach Quenneville went to youngster Brandon Pirri as his fourth shooter. Pirri rewarded Coach Quenneville with a goal on Smith. Mike Riberiro was the last chance for the Coyotes. Riberiro would beat Crawford with his move but the hit the post on his shot.
News and notes:
-Blackhawks snap a six game losing streak to the Coyotes at the United Center.
-Jeremy Morin returned to the lineup tonight, he had five shots and zero points
-The Blackhawks are now first place in the central division at 13-2-4 and two points behind the Ducks.
The Blackhawks will next play Nashville Saturday night at 6:30pm in Nashville.