Blackhawks beat Phoenix in shootout; re-acquire Kris Versteeg from FLA
Thursday night's game versus the Coyotes was certainly very entertaining.
The Blackhawks opened the scoring early, with Brandon Saad shoveling in a rebound at 2:37 in the first. Patrick Sharp would follow that up with a power play goal less than four minutes later to make it 2-0 Chicago.
Phoenix would break on to the score sheet just 41 seconds later, when a shot by Michael Stone was accidentially tipped by Chicago's Brandon Pirri to make it 2-1. The Coyotes would tie up the game with a power play goal by Shane Doan.
Marian Hossa scored to make it 3-2 Blackhawks, 5:05 into the second period. Chicago held on to the lead for most of the third until Lauri Korpikoski tied things up again with 5:05 remaining.
Stone scored his second of the evening with 2:54 left in the second for the Coyotes to take their first lead, 4-3.
Andrew Shaw collided with Phoenix goalie Mike Smith and was given 2 PIM for goalie interference, 4:39 into the third. Shaw and Smith have a history that goes back a couple seasons; Smith got into a shoving match with him, and as a result, earned his own 2 PIM (roughing), which turned what would have been a Phoenix power play into a 4-on-4.
Brandon Pirri made up for tipping in the Stone shot earlier in the game by tipping a Brent Seabrook blast into the Coyotes' goal to tie up the game at 4-4, just after the matching penalties expired.
The rest of the third would remain scoreless, and the game would go into OT, and then to the shootout.
Brandon Pirri won the game for the Blackhawks in the fourth round of the shootout, giving Chicago the 5-4 win.
Mike Smith (4 GAA/.923 sv%) put in an impressive 52-save performance, but Corey Crawford (4 GAA/.867 sv%) came away with the win.
In late news after the game, the Blackhawks announced that they have re-acquired Kris Versteeg from the Florida Panthers, in exchange for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen. The Blackhawks also get Phillipe Lefebrvre in the deal. The Panthers will retain half of Versteeg's salary; the right winger has 3 years at $4.4M/average cap hit left on his contract, of which Florida will pay $2.2M/year.
Versteeg has had 2 goals and 5 assists in 18 games played for the Panthers this season. He spent most of the 2012-2013 season on IR due to recovering from surgery after a torn ACL.
Lefebvre has been playing with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL); he is expected to transfer to the Toledo Walleye, the Blackhawks' ECHL affiliate.