Schlemko lifts Coyotes in SO, ends Blackhawks’ win streak

Updated: April 20, 2013


David Schlemko scored the winner in the
shootout as the Phoenix Coyotes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 win
over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

In the final attempt, Schlemko skated down the middle and cut to the left
before wristing the puck past Corey Crawford to give the Coyotes the win.

With 46 points, Phoenix sits in the 11th spot in the Western Conference, but
is just three points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for eighth place with
four games to play.

Rostislav Klesla and Radim Vrbata both scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a
three-game slide. Mike Smith made 36 saves in the win.

Brent Seabrook had both goals while Crawford posted 29 stops in the loss for
the Blackhawks, who had a seven-game winning streak stopped.

Chicago has 73 points on the season and has already clinched first overall in
the Western Conference, and the team holds a five-point lead over Pittsburgh
for first overall in the NHL.

Chicago scored on the power play 11:20 in as Seabrook’s one-timer from the top
of the right circle off a feed from Nick Leddy beat Smith for a 1-0 lead.

Just 46 seconds later, Phoenix got a lucky break as Klesla’s dump in from near
mid-ice bounced a few feet in front of Crawford and hopped over his glove.

The Coyotes took a 2-1 lead with 5:20 to play in the first period as Vrbata’s
wrist shot from the left circle found the back of the net.

The Blackhawks tied the game at the 3:39 mark of the second on the man
advantage as Patrick Kane’s pass from the right boards to the slot saw
Seabrook beat Smith with a quick wrister for his eighth goal of the season.

Game Notes

Chicago plays in Vancouver on Monday … Phoenix plays in Detroit on Monday
… Chicago had won the other two matchups with the Coyotes this year, both in
Phoenix … The Blackhawks went 2-for-4 on the power play while Phoenix was 0-