Blackhawks fall to Coyotes in shootout

After two back-to-back road wins, the Blackhawks returned to the United Center for the first game of an eight-night homestand against the Arizona Coyotes. Marian Hossa scored twice, but it wasn’t enough to best the visitors, and the Blackhawks dropped a 3-2 shootout loss in a wild finish.


Hossa got the Hawks on the board first as he continued his dominant play from the game prior. The entire first line contributed, with Brandon Saad going in hard on the forecheck and pushing the puck over to Jonathan Toews, who sent a saucer pass to Hossa streaking into the slot for a spectacular goal to give Chicago the lead.


However, with just under three minutes to go in the second, Arizona would strike back with Patrick Kane in the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct. Shane Doan tipped in a shot from Keith Yandle to knot the score going into the third.


Just four minutes into the third period, Arizona would snatch the lead back with a goal by Antoine Vermette, his twelfth of the season. But the Blackhawks tied it back up again with another goal scored by Hossa off of another feed by Toews.


After the remainder of the third period went scoreless, the two teams went to overtime, where the Blackhawks squandered a power play opportunity. With 15 seconds to go, the Hawks had two opportunities to tie the game in a wild sequence that saw the Blackhawks nearly score twice. The referees called no-goal on the ice, and the resulting video was inconclusive to overturn the call, sending the two teams to a shootout.


Patrick Kane dazzled Mike Smith, but it wasn’t enough for Chicago as Lucas Lessio and Vermette scored on Antti Raanta to give the Coyotes the extra point.


3 Stars:

1. Mike Smith

2. Marian Hossa

3. Oliver Ekman-Larsson


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