By Jerry Brown | NHL.com Correspondent
GLENDALE -- The Chicago Blackhawks are getting pretty good at pulling off last-second, game-tying playoff goals out of their hats.
And this time, they finished the job.
Facing the prospect of falling behind 2-0 in this best-of-seven series, the Blackhawks emptied their net, stormed the opposition and pulled off a miracle when Patrick Sharp tipped a Brent Seabrook shot past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith with 5.5 seconds left to tie the score and earn new life. Brian Bickell made the most of it with his second goal of the game 10:36 into overtime as Chicago stunned Phoenix, 4-3, in Game 2 at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday night.
It's the third straight playoff game in which the Blackhawks have tied the score with six skaters late in regulation. Jonathan Toews did it in Game 7 against Vancouver last year before the Canucks prevailed to win the series. Seabrook did the honors with 14.2 seconds left on Thursday, but Martin Hanzal won the game for Phoenix in overtime.
This time, Bickell was waiting in the slot when Viktor Stalberg pinched in to stop an Adrian Aucoin clearing attempt and directed the puck his way.
The series shifts to Chicago for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
"Three straight (playoff) games, all in the same type of fashion, all on the road," Chicago Head Coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was exactly like last game, and when you have that momentum going into (overtime), you'd like to cash in."
The Coyotes not only lost the game, they lost a pair of key forwards, Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski, to injuries -- and they lost the home-ice advantag.
Mikkel Boedker missed a chance at the vacated net late in regulation and Antoine Vermette failed to clear the zone with about 15 seconds left, giving the Blackhawks another shot at a miracle comeback.
"We had the puck on our stick with 15 seconds left and it winds up in the back of our net," Phoenix Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "Tough luck. We had a chance to put (it) away and didn't get it done and then you're into a frenzy into the last 30 seconds. It's one of those things we've got to find a way to get through."
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Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 30 saves and denied Vermette of a hat trick early in overtime with a doorstep save.
Vermette, playing on the top line in place of Hanzal, scored a pair of power-play goals and gave Phoenix a 3-2 lead in the second period after Chicago's Andrew Shaw was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for hitting Smith with a shoulder to the head b ehid the Phoenix net.
"I came in on the forecheck. He played the puck and I tried to get out of the way and unfortunately I made contact – not that I meant to or anything," Shaw said. "I'm just glad he was OK and he played the rest of the game. His stick came up toward my face and I tried to get out of the way of it and unfortunately made a little contact."
Most of the game was a carbon copy of Game 1: The Blackhawks dominated the early minutes and took a quick lead while Phoenix lost a member of its top line to an injury – this time it was Hanzal, who left after his third shift of the game.
Chicago put 11 shots on Smith in the first five minutes and cashed in Vermette's slashing penalty when Bickell swatted a Dave Bolland rebound past Smith at 3:05 to give Chicago the lead.
But the Coyotes turned the momentum with a hustle play by their two biggest hitters. Doan outmuscled Chicago's Duncan Keith for the puck behind the Blackhawks net and fed Raffi Torres, who beat Crawford cleanly to turn the tide.
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The Coyotes kept coming. After a goalie interference call on Jonathan Toews, Phoenix struck on the power play for the first time in the series. Oliver Ekman-Larsson set up Keith Yandle for a shot from the point that Vermette deflected past Crawford at 13:44 to give Phoenix a 2-1 lead after one period.
Chicago broke up its top line of Toews, Kane and Hossa for the second period, but got the tying goal from an unlikely source. Rookie Brandon Bollig's shot caught a piece of Derek Morris' stick and slipped under the glove of Smith at 6:57 to knot the score 2-2.
But before the Blackhawks could build on the goal, Shaw plowed into Smith and the Coyotes had five minutes to get the lead back. Vermette used a Torres screen to beat Crawford on the power play at 8:41 to restore the lead.
It stayed that way until the final minute -- when the Blackhawks beat the buzzer again (see KEY MOMENT below).
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
Trailing 3-2 in the final moments of regulation, the Blackhawks scored a dramatic goal that eventually sent the game to overtime.
With goalie Corey Crawford on the bench for an extra attacker, center Patrick Sharp, stationed in front of the Phoenix net, deflected a shot from the top of the slot by defenseman Brent Seabrook past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith with 5.5 seconds left.
► Click here to see the KEY MOMENT.
• Center Martin Hanzal suffered an undisclosed injury on his third shift and played just 2:12. Meanwhile, forward Lauri Korpikoski did not finish the game after suffering an undisclosed injury in the third period.
• Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, playing just his second Stanley Cup Playoffs game, logged a team-high 27:58.
• Forward Radim Vrbata, who played just 0:30 of Game 1 because of injury, returned to the lineup and played 22:40. He took a team-high seven shots on goal.
• Forward Kyle Chipchura played 4:49 in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs game. He delivered two hits and took one shot on goal.
• The Coyotes were credited with 40 hits. Captain Shane Doan led the way with eight.
• What follows is Mike Smith's reaction - provided via a team spokesman - to being hit behind the net by Chicago's Andrew Shaw with 12:49 left in the second period: "I went back to play the puck and I didn't see him coming. I don't have eyes in the back of my head. I feel fine. I'm 100 percent."
• The Coyotes have played eight playoff series - including this one - since moving to Phoenix from Winnipeg in 1996. In none of those series have they taken a two-games-to-none lead.
• Phoenix won 38 of 70 faceoffs. Center Daymond Langkow led the way by winning 14 of 21 draws.
• The Coyotes' next game is Game 3 on Tuesday vs. the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game is being televised on FOX Sports Arizona Plus and NBC Sports Network, and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"Obviously we're disappointed and frustrated, but it's 1-1 now. You never want to give a game away the way we did, but at the same time it's just one game and we have to go in there and win one of theirs... we have confidence in our team on the road; we know how to play the game."
"It's disappointing, no doubt about that but... I think a key in the playoffs is managing your emotion. I mean, it's disappointing but we've got to look ahead and go there and regroup and have some good games over there."
"The puck was flying to me tonight. It was exciting to get the goal to give the team the win... We knew they had a tired 'D' out there and we just got plays and we finished with a lucky win."
• GAME 3: April 17 • GAME 4: April 19 • GAME 6: April 23 (if nec.)
• GAME 1: PHX 3, CHI 2 (OT)
• GAME 2: CHI 4, PHX 3 (OT) • GAME 5: April 21 • GAME 7: April 25 (if nec.)