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Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 2, SO

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Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 2, SO
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Phoenix Coyotes 3

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 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.

Taylor Pyatt 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 below).

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..

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.


• 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 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).
"They really played well from the start and even in overtime we needed Bryzie to stop (Patrick) Kane (on a breakaway). Once he made that stop, we had a lot of confidence going to the shootout." "It was a lot of fun tonight to have that sort of energy and atmosphere in here... To beat the defending Stanley Cup Champions is good for our team... It’s a good confidence booster for us.” "If we play our brand of hockey and not try to do too much and play solid defensively, the offense will come. We have to find a way to put the puck on the net a bit more."
Vrbata Pyatt Campbell
Pyatt Bryzgalov
  • Nov. 10, 2010: PHX 2, CHI 1
  • Feb. 27, 2011:
  • Feb. 12, 2011: PHX 3, CHI 2 (SO)
• March 20, 2011:
scoring summary
1st Period
Radim Vrbata (15) ASST: Ray Whitney (32)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
Taylor Pyatt (14) ASST: Shane Doan (26), Sami Lepisto (7)
2 - 0 PHX
PPG - Troy Brouwer (16) ASST: Marian Hossa (18), Dave Bolland (14)
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
PPG - Duncan Keith (5) ASST: Brian Campbell (17), Dave Bolland (15)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1S. DoanJ. Toews
2R. VrbataP. Kane
3R. WhitneyM. Hossa
penalty summary
1st Period
Ed Jovanovski  Cross checking against  Tomas Kopecky
Michael Frolik  Tripping against  Lauri Korpikoski
2nd Period
Niklas Hjalmarsson  Tripping against  Lauri Korpikoski
Lauri Korpikoski  Holding the stick against  Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michael Frolik  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ilya Bryzgalov
3rd Period
Vernon Fiddler  Hooking against  Tomas Kopecky
Adrian Aucoin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
OT Period
goalie stats
Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford
SA: 25TOI: 65:00
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 33TOI: 64:52
Saves: 31EV: 29 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
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