For most of their Game 3 battle, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was strong against the Phoenix Coyotes. But at 13:15 of overtime, he let a Mikkel Boedker shot somehow sneak through his pads on a tough angle to hand the Coyotes a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
Any chance Patrick Kane, while standing in front of Crawford, mumbled "smooth move, Leighton …"?
The catalyst for this goal were hallmarks of Dave Tippett's Coyotes: Great defensive presence in their own zone and strong forechecking down in the opposing zone.
With Patrick Kane cutting to the slot, Rusty Klesla stick-checked the puck free sending Taylor Pyatt down the ice in a 1-on-2. He chipped the puck in and then raced Nicklas Hjalmarsson to the corner. Hjalmarsson poked the puck along … right to Boedker, who somehow put the puck in for his first career goal in the third overtime game of the series.
So it's 2-1 series lead for the Coyotes … but how will the dynamic of the series change after the Raffi Torres hit that sent Marian Hossa to the hospital?