|PHX||2||1||0||0||1 (2 - 2)||4|
|CHI||0||3||0||0||0 (0 - 2)||3|
By Brian Hedger | NHL.com Correspondent
CHICAGO – The Coyotes survived a furious comeback by the Chicago Blackhawks and left the United Center with two points on Monday night for the second time in less than a week.
After coughing up a 3-0 lead, the Coyotes (14-9-3) eventually got what they came for - a 4-3 shootout victory - and ended a two-game losing streak.
"Any way you look at it, to come in here twice in a week and get four points, we'll take it," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata scored against Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery in the shootout, and Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made shootout saves against Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa to secure the victory.
Toews notched two goals and an assist in the second period to help Chicago rebound from a 3-0 deficit. Toews scored his 16th and 17th goals and set up the game-tying third goal of the period by Patrick Kane to bring Chicago (16-8-4) all the way back.
Emery played well in relief of starter Corey Crawford, who was pulled just 1:09 into the second after he allowed a goal by Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle that put Phoenix ahead 3-0.
Just like in Phoenix's first visit to Chicago last week (a 4-1 victory), the Coyotes jumped to an early lead on Monday. At 2:35 iof the first period, a turnover at the Phoenix blue line led to a two-on-one rush that resulted in a goal by Raffi Torres off a nice cross-ice feed from Mikkel Boedker.
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Vrbata made the score 2-0 with 1:47 left in the first by picking up a rebound near the left side of the Chicago net and tucking the puck into the net past Crawford's right pad for his team-high 13th goal.
Trailing 3-0 after Yandle's goal, Toews cut it to 3-1 with his 16th goal – which he scored at 2:40 of the second period from the lower right circle after a centering pass by Kane bounced off a skate in the slot. The puck slid over to Toews for a wrist shot that beat Smith and got the crowd back into the game.
Toews' second goal, at 9:27 of the second, made the score 3-2 after he deflected a point shot by Duncan Keith past Smith.
Toews played a major role in tying the score just 4:30 later. After Viktor Stalberg stole the puck in the defensive zone, he fired it down the ice past Toews into the Phoenix zone. Toews chased it down with Kane not far behind and then zipped a perfectly-placed pass through the crease to Kane – who'd drifted to the other side of the net – for a one-timer into the top right corner.
"That was a bit of a rollercoaster game, that one, that’s for sure," Tippett said. "...Fortunately we hung in there and got the points. Other than a couple hiccups, we were fairly solid in the third. We weren’t giving up the same chances as we were in the second."
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|Raffi Torres (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikkel Boedker (5)|
1 - 0 PHX
|Radim Vrbata (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (14)|
2 - 0 PHX
|Keith Yandle (3) Slapshot - ASST: David Schlemko (7)|
3 - 0 PHX
|Jonathan Toews (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Kane (22), Daniel Carcillo (7)|
3 - 1 PHX
|PPG - Jonathan Toews (17) Tip-in - ASST: Duncan Keith (17), Patrick Sharp (14)|
3 - 2 PHX
|Patrick Kane (8) Snap shot - ASST: Jonathan Toews (15), Viktor Stalberg (9)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1||O. Ekman-Larsson||J. Toews||1 - 0|
|2||R. Vrbata||M. Hossa||2 - 0|
|Adrian Aucoin Holding against Jonathan Toews|
|Adrian Aucoin Holding against Ben Smith|
|Jamal Mayers Fighting (maj) against Kyle Chipchura|
|Kyle Chipchura Fighting (maj) against Jamal Mayers|
|Martin Hanzal Tripping against Ben Smith|
|Duncan Keith Slashing against Raffi Torres|
|SA: 35||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 32||EV: 28 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .914||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 11||TOI: 43:22|
|Saves: 11||EV: 10 - 10|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 16||TOI: 21:08|
|Saves: 13||EV: 13 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .813||SH: 0 - 0|