By Dave Vest | Anthony Perez
GLENDALE -- Radim Vrbata
scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Coyotes over the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Jobing.com Arena.
Vrbata also scored the first goal of the game at 15:06 of the first period to give the Coyotes, who have won four games in a row, a 1-0 lead. Vrbata snuck a wrist shot past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford for his fourth goal in the past three games.
gave Phoenix (29-19-9) a two-goal cushion just 42 seconds into the second period when he rattled a shot into the net.
Chicago cut the lead in half when Troy Brouwer’s wrist shot beat Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
on a power play at the 13:17 mark of the second period.
While clinging to a 2-1 lead, Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin
tipped the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty with 4:19 left in regulation. The Blackhawks (28-22-6) parlayed the penalty into a second power-play goal. Duncan Keith scored it at 15:58.
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Bryzgalov made a huge save late in overtime after Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane got free for a breakaway (see KEY MOMENT
After misses by Shane Doan
and Jonathan Toews, Vrbata backhanded a shot past Crawford to give Phoenix a 1-0 edge in the shootout. Kane, Ray Whitney
and Marian Hossa all failed to score after Vrbata and the game was over.
Crawford turned aside 23 of the 25 shots he faced while Bryzgalov picked up his 23rd win of the season after stopping 31 of 33 shots.
"He's big in the net right now and he's giving our team confidence," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "That was a heck of a save (on Kane). That's one they call a game-saving save."
With the score tied at 2 in overtime, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane got behind the Phoenix defense and skated in at Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzaglov on a breakaway. With the game's outcome on the line, Bryzgalov stopped Kane's shot with 1:15 left in the extra period.
"I just closed my eyes and hoped he's not going to score," Bryzgalov said..
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• Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett won his 350th game as an NHL head coach. Tippett has posted a 79-44-16 record as head coach of the Coyotes.
• Defenseman Ed Jovanovski
returned to the lineup after missing the past four games because of an upper-body injury. Jovanovski played 15:53.
• Winger Radim Vrbata
has scored four shootout goals in six attempts this season.
• Center Eric Belanger
won 14 of 19 faceoffs.
• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette
, Andrew Ebbett
and Oliver Ekman-Larsson
• The Coyotes' next game is Monday vs. Washington at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Versus and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).