CHICAGO -- Sometimes overtime hockey simply comes down to who will make the big mistake first. Fatigue sets in, the mind wanders and poor technique follows. Maybe that’s why Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford let in a bad-angle goal by Mikkel Boedker on Tuesday, ending his team’s chances of taking their first lead in their playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Hawks lost, 3-2, and Crawford knows he let in a bad one.
“Terrible goal,” he said after the game. “We dominated overtime. I thought my night, I was feeling good all game long. I just feel bad giving that one [up] after our guys battled in overtime. That one was definitely on me.”
Crawford has made his share of good saves in the series, but sometimes it’s the ones that aren’t made that are remembered. This was one of them.
“It’s tough,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said about the winning goal. “Never a good ending when you lose in overtime. Just have to regroup. But that one hurt.”
It looked like the hockey gods were making a statement when forward Michael Frolik scored his first goal since Dec. 14 to put the Hawks back in front of the Coyotes, 2-1, in the third period. But Phoenix scored 30 seconds later and then won the game in overtime.
Frolik was playing for the suspended Andrew Shaw. If his goal holds up, it makes for one heck of a story.
“I tried to play like it was the last game of my life,” Frolik said after the loss. “I tried to skate hard and leave everything on the ice. Too bad we didn’t come up with the win.”
“Frolik was good, that line was good,” Quenneville said.
Frolik assuredly earned more playing time after being a healthy scratch for many games in the last quarter of the season. He’ll get at least two more with Shaw’s suspension ongoing.
“It was a hard time,” Frolik said. “I tried to work hard and do some extra work in practice. Hopefully it will turn it around.”
Andrew Brunette's first period goal was his first postseason tally since April 14, 2008.
Bryan Bickell led the Hawks with seven shots.
“He’s taking some shots at one of our guys so I just went down there. Let me at him if he’s going to do that, something else will happen.”-- Crawford, on having words with Phoenix goalie Mike Smith at the end of the second period.
“Tough way to lose the game in overtime. We fought hard. They’re a good team. They don’t give up, they don’t quit, they keep fighting.” -- Brent Seabrook