Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Coyotes 1

April, 22, 2012
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Blackhawks survived in overtime to stay alive in their first-round playoff series with the Coyotes.

How it happened: Jonathan Toews won it early in overtime after a faceoff win and shot near the slot. He went top shelf for the game-winner.

Phoenix scored early in the second on a counter play when four Hawks were caught deep in the offensive zone. The result was a three-on-one the other way with Gilbert Brule finishing the scoring chance. Niklas Hjalmarsson was the defenseman out of position, leaving Sami Lepisto chasing the play himself. The Hawks finally tied it in the third period when Nick Leddy got a puck through from the point as Dave Bolland skated through the crease for a screen.

What it means: It was a desperate win at an obviously desperate time. Joel Quenneville said before the game he wanted his defense to be more active and that paid off as Leddy and his blue-line teammates were all over the place, but it also hurt them when Hjalmarsson pinched on the Phoenix goal. But the Hawks' talent won out with a furious third period to help them stave off elimination. Toews was rewarded after a hard-working game as the Hawks forced a Game 6 back at the United Center on Monday. It was a heartstopping win in a heartstopping series.

What’s next: Both teams will travel to Chicago on Sunday in advance of Game 6 on Monday.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
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AssistsD. Keith 55
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