Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Coyotes 3, Hawks 2
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series on Tuesday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker scored 13:15 into overtime, the third straight extra period in the series, to give the Coyotes a 2-1 series lead. A late first-period goal by Andrew Brunette on a tip of a Patrick Kane shot held up until early in the third period when Rostislav Klesla tied it from the point. That opened the floodgates for two more goals over the next minute of play. The Hawks retook the lead on Michael Frolik's first tally since Dec. 14 as he banged home a rebound of a Brent Seabrook shot. But not long after that Ray Whitney put in a rebound of his own to tie the game at 2-2.
What it means: The Hawks trail 2-1 in the series despite scoring the first goal in all three contests. They led twice on Tuesday but couldn’t hold onto their second lead for more than 30 seconds. Neither team has led by more than a goal at any time in the series, but the Hawks have come up short twice in overtime out of three tries.
Hossa injury: Hossa was blown up near center ice and taken off on a stretcher, but the Blackhawks said he left an area hospital under his own power. It’s unknown if he’s available for Game 4.
What’s next: Game 4 is Thursday at the United Center after a practice day on Wednesday for both teams.