Here's a quick look at the Hawks' overtime loss to the Coyotes on Thursday night.
How it happened: For the second straight game, Mikkel Boedker scored the game winner in overtime on a minibreak from the neutral zone with Nick Leddy chasing him. Michael Frolik scored his second in as many games to tie the contest with 1:26 left in regulation as the Coyotes blew a 2-0 lead. A scoreless game turned in Phoenix’s favor in the third period when Johnny Oduya turned a puck over as he tried to leave his own zone, leading to a Shane Doan tally after Corey Crawford made the initial save on Ray Whitney. Forty-four seconds later, Antoine Vermette found Taylor Pyatt for a goal-mouth score and 2-0 lead. The Hawks finally got on the board when Brendan Morrison, playing for the scratched Jamal Mayers, blasted a deflected shot past Mike Smith. It was a scoreless affair through two periods, as neither team could break through. The Hawks had more shots and scoring chances in the first 40 minutes. Frolik’s shot block and breakaway was turned aside by Smith in the second while Whitney’s attempt a few minutes earlier was stopped by Crawford. Phoenix had just five shots in each of the first two periods. The Hawks totaled 23 in the same amount of time, but not many were above ice level, as Smith took away everything down low.
What it means: One too many mistakes led to the Coyotes' scoring three goals for the fourth consecutive game. Leddy tried to poke check the puck, but Boedker was able to grab it. Somehow the Hawks got the game to overtime yet again, their third goal in the closing seconds in four games. They outplayed Phoenix early on, but as the game evened out, the scoring chances started to dry up. Then both teams found some offense in the third -- a couple of miscues by the Hawks put them behind 2-0. However, perseverance paid off, and that applies to Frolik in particular. Positives aside, there’s one big negative that can’t be understated: The Hawks’ season is on the brink of ending as the series heads back to Phoenix for Game 5.
What’s next: Both teams travel back to Phoenix on Friday in advance of Game 5 in Glendale on Saturday night.