Game Recap

Blackhawks 2, Coyotes 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 2, Coyotes 1, SO
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Phoenix Coyotes 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Patrick Lalime is in that zone only a goaltender can fully appreciate. He's deflecting practically everything that comes at him.

Saturday night's effort might have been his best yet.

Lalime had 38 saves, then blocked all three attempts in a shootout to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to their fourth consecutive victory, 2-1 over the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane is congratulated by teammates on the bench after his goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in the shootout on Saturday. Chicago's 2-1 victory extended its winning streak to four.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

It was the second 2-1 shootout victory in two nights for Chicago. The Blackhawks won by the same score Friday night at Colorado.

"He deserves all the credit," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "He got us back in the race."

Lalime has been in goal for all four wins, three of them shootouts, after taking over from struggling Nikolai Khabibulin.

"Khabi's' still with us. He's been a great goalie and he's still going to be one," Savard said, "but right now I have Patty. He's seeing the puck very well. I can see that even from the bench when the shooters are coming down on him."

Patrick Kane and Martin Havlat scored in the shootout against Phoenix goalie Ilja Bryzgalov, and the Blackhawks clinched the victory when Lalime got his third straight block, on a shot by Peter Mueller, who earlier scored Phoenix's lone goal.

"You never know," he said of playing in a shootout. "You just have to be patient and try to wait for the move, and take it from there."

Kane's impressive backhand goal was his second shootout goal in as many nights. He also assisted on Brent Seabrook's game-tying goal in the second period.

"He's exciting," Savard said. "Fans in Chicago have something they're really looking forward to. This kid's going to be with us for a long time, and he's fun to watch, fun to coach."

The Blackhawks had a chance to win it with a penalty shot with 14.7 seconds left in overtime, but Bryzgalov blocked Rene Bourque's attempt. The penalty shot came when Ed Jovanovski pushed Bourque, who had an unimpeded path to the net. Jovanovski was livid about the call, but said afterward he understood why it was made.

"I did put my arm out," he said. "I probably should have just turned and skated with him."

It was the first game for Phoenix since their 2-1 loss to Columbus on Rick Nash's spectacular goal with 21.5 seconds to play. Coach Wayne Gretzky disapproved of the effort in that one, but he had few complaints about Saturday's loss.

"We were physical and I thought we played a very solid hockey game," he said. "Unfortunately we didn't get two points out of it, but you know what, they played hard and I liked the way we bounced back after a not great effort on Thursday night."

Jovanovski agreed.

"If we play like that and get that many opportunities, I think most nights it's going to be a successful one for us," he said. "Sometimes you run into good goaltending. You've got to give Lalime credit."

Both teams scored on power plays in the second period.

The Coyotes broke a scoreless tie 27 seconds into a Chicago penalty for too many players on the ice. Mueller got his 12th goal of the season on a straightaway shot from the blue line that was inadvertently deflected into the net by Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith at 12:08.

Shane Doan and Joel Perrault got assists. The assist extended Doan's career-long point streak to 10 games.

The Blackhawks tied it with 4:04 left in the period while the Coyotes' Daniel Winnik was serving the last 28 seconds of a double-minor penalty for high-sticking. Brent Seabrook's one-timer from the left circle sailed past the right shoulder of Bryzgalov into the net. It was the sixth goal of the season for Seabrook. Kane and Dustin Byfuglien got assists.

Phoenix outshot Chicago 39-24.

Notes: Fans received a Bobby Hull figurine. Hull was introduced before the game, then signed autographs in the concourse. The Hall of Famer played for Chicago and Winnipeg, the franchise which moved to Phoenix. ... Phoenix assigned defenseman Matt Jones to San Antonio of the AHL for conditioning. ... Chicago plays eight of its next nine on the road. ... Attendance was a season-high 18,073.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
PPG - Peter Mueller (12) ASST: Shane Doan (29), Joel Perrault (4)
1 - 0 PHX
PPG - Brent Seabrook (6) ASST: Patrick Kane (33), Dustin Byfuglien (14)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1P. KaneJ. Perrault
2M. HavlatP. Mueller
penalty summary
1st Period
Zbynek Michalek  Slashing against  Jack Skille
Patrick Kane  Interference against  Martin Hanzal
2nd Period
Mathias Tjarnqvist  Holding against  Jordan Hendry
Niko Kapanen  Tripping against  Dustin Byfuglien
Patrick Kane  Too many men/ice - bench
Daniel Winnik  Hi stick - double minor against  Patrick Sharp
Jordan Hendry  Roughing against  Joel Perrault
Martin Havlat  Hi-sticking against  Keith Ballard
3rd Period
Rene Bourque  Slashing against  Nick Boynton
OT Period
Ed Jovanovski  Misconduct (10 min) against  Rene Bourque
goalie stats
Patrick Lalime
Patrick Lalime
SA: 39TOI: 64:57
Saves: 38EV: 32 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .974SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 24TOI: 65:00
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .958SH: 0 - 0