|CHI||1||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||4|
|PHX||2||1||0||0||(null - null)||3|
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.
|PPG - Bryan Bickell (1) ASST: Dave Bolland (1), Johnny Oduya (2)|
1 - 0 CHI
|Raffi Torres (1) ASST: Shane Doan (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Antoine Vermette (2) ASST: Keith Yandle (2), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1)|
2 - 1 PHX
|Brandon Bollig (1) ASST: Nick Leddy (1), Duncan Keith (1)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Antoine Vermette (3) ASST: Keith Yandle (3), Derek Morris (1)|
3 - 2 PHX
|Patrick Sharp (1) ASST: Brent Seabrook (1), Patrick Kane (3)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1st OT Period|
|Bryan Bickell (2) ASST: Viktor Stalberg (1)|
4 - 3 CHI
|Antoine Vermette Slashing against Patrick Sharp|
|Jonathan Toews Interference on goalkeeper against Mike Smith|
|Andrew Shaw Charging (maj) against Mike Smith|
|Andrew Shaw Game misconduct against Mike Smith|
|Adrian Aucoin Holding against Viktor Stalberg|
|Ray Whitney Hooking against Patrick Kane|
|Bryan Bickell Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|1st OT Period|
|SA: 33||TOI: 69:28|
|Saves: 30||EV: 23 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 9|
|SV%: .909||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 50||TOI: 70:36|
|Saves: 46||EV: 38 - 41|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 9|
|SV%: .920||SH: 0 - 0|