Patrick Lalime had 38 saves, then blocked all three attempts in a shootout to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to their fourth consecutive victory, 2-1 over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.
It was the second 2-1 shootout victory in two nights for Chicago. The Blackhawks won by the same score Friday night at Colorado.
Lalime has been in goal for all four wins after taking over from struggling Nikolai Khabibulin.
Patrick Kane and Martin Havlat scored in the shootout against Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, and the Blackhawks clinched the victory when Lalime got his third straight block, on a shot by Peter Mueller, who earlier scored Phoenix’s lone goal. The Blackhawks had a chance to win it with a penalty shot with 14.7 seconds left in overtime, but Bryzgalov blocked Rene Bourque’s attempt. The penalty shot came when Ed Jovanovski pushed Bourque, who had an unimpeded path to the net. Jovanovski was livid about the call.
Both teams scored on power plays in the second period.
The Coyotes broke a scoreless tie 27 seconds into a Chicago penalty for too many players on the ice. Mueller got his 12th goal of the season on a straightaway shot from the blue line that was inadvertently deflected into the net by Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith at 12:08.
Shane Doan and Joel Perrault got assists. The assist extended Doan’s career-long point streak to 10 games.
The Blackhawks tied it with 4:04 left in the period while the Coyotes’ Daniel Winnik was serving the last 28 seconds of a double-minor penalty for high-sticking. Brent Seabrook’s one-timer from the left circle sailed past the right shoulder of Bryzgalov into the net. It was the sixth goal of the season for Seabrook. Kane and Dustin Byfuglien got assists.
LOOSE PUCKS: Phoenix assigned defenseman Matt Jones to San Antonio of the AHL for conditioning.
Attendance was a season-high 18,073.