April 17, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla (16) is congratulated by his teammates for scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period in game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes, Game 3: Phoenix Wins In Overtime

Phoenix scored twice in the third period to force overtime, then Mikkel Boedker sealed the comeback with his first career playoff goal.

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Coyotes Vs. Blackhawks, Game 3: Mike Smith, Coyotes Working Overtime In Search Of First Series Win

It was the third straight overtime contest to open the series, as Mike Smith made big stops at the right time to keep the Coyotes alive.

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Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Phoenix Wins In Overtime, 3-2

The Phoenix Coyotes took a 2-1 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night when Mikkel Boedker scored the game-winning goal in overtime for a 3-2 victory. This was Boedker's first career playoff goal, one that ended the third straight overtime game in this series.

Boedker picked up the puck on the left side of the ice and shot it nearly in line with the red line, but he had just enough space in front of him that he was able to get off a legitimate shot. It slipped past the skate of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford for the game-ending goal at 13:15 in the extra period.

The Blackhawks had held a 1-0 lead through the first two periods after Andrew Brunette scored in the first frame, but over a span of 65 seconds in the third period the game wound up tied at two apiece.

Both teams put up a high number of shots with Phoenix's Mike Smith making 35 stops on 37 saves and Crawford stopping 31 of 34.

The teams will resume the series on Thursday for Game 4 at the United Center.

Stick with SBNation.com for full Coyotes vs. Blackhawks series coverage. For more from the Phoenix perspective, head over to the Five For Howling. For more on the Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey.

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Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Chicago, Phoenix Head To Overtime Tied At 2-2

The Chicago Blackhawks entered the third period of Game 3 against the Phoenix Coyotes with a 1-0 lead, but nearly midway through the period there was a flurry of activity around both nets that resulted in a total of three goals scored in a span of 65 seconds. The two teams head to overtime in a 2-2 tie.

Phoenix's Rostislav Klesla scored at 8:16 in the period, but just 33 seconds later Michael Frolik countered with a goal of his own to temporarily put the Blackhawks back in the lead. Ray Whitney scored the equalizer 32 seconds later.


Whitney found himself perfectly placed for the goal here. With the puck making its way down the ice and eventually to the left wing at the boards, the puck moved across the ice with Whitney able to pick it up in front of the net. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was out of place on the sequence and let the puck go in for a goal.

This series heads to overtime for the third straight game.

Stick with SBNation.com for full Coyotes vs. Blackhawks series coverage. For more from the Phoenix perspective, head over to the Five For Howling. For more on the Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey.

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Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Chicago Holds 1-0 Lead Afer 2 Periods

The Chicago Blackhawks lead the Phoenix Coyotes, 1-0, after two periods of play in a series that is tied at one game a piece. Andrew Brunette's goal at 19:31 in the first period remains the only score of the game. The Blackhawks appeared to have a second goal with about two minutes remaining in the second period -- the reverberation of the pipes caused some confusion among the players -- but the puck clearly deflected off the pipe.

Both goalies have been solid in net. Mike Smith, who received a heavy blow in the previous game, has stopped 19 of 20 shots for the Coyotes while Corey Crawford has done Smith better by stopping 22 of 22 shots.

After the second period ended, the players wound up getting into a series of scuffles that took several minutes to end. A Coyotes player poked Jonathan Toews with his stick as the buzzer went off and that eventually resulted in some shoving and pushing that spread to everyone else on the ice.

Stick with SBNation.com for full Coyotes vs. Blackhawks series coverage. For more from the Phoenix perspective, head over to the Five For Howling. For more on the Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey.

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Marian Hossa Injury: Blackhawks Forward Removed On Stretcher After Raffi Torres Hit

Marian Hossa was removed from the ice on a stretcher after receiving a late, illegal hit from Raffi Torres.

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Mike Smith Injury Update: Coyotes Goalie Will Play Game 3 Vs. Blackhawks

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith will play Tuesday in Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, Darren Dreger of TSN's Hockey Insider reports. Smith took a nasty blow to the helmet behind his own net as Blackhawks rookie Andrew Shaw ran into him face first. Smith was able to finish out the game somehow, though the Coyotes eventually lost 4-3 in overtime.

Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett said that Smith was "100 percent" following the game, but fell back on a vaguer statement that left his goaltender's status in doubt. Smith did not practice Monday, but did take part in the team's morning skate before the game Tuesday.

"Whether it's an injury day or rest day, our prerogative is we don't have to tell everybody why a player practices or not practices," Tippett said. "Why would we do that?"

Shaw earned a three-game suspension for his hit on Smith. Brendan Shanahan explained his decision, saying that Shaw did "did not make a reasonable effort to avoid such contact."

For more on Smith and the Coyotes, head over to the SB Nation blog Five For Howling. For more on the Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes Game 3: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Phoenix Coyotes are expected to start Mike Smith against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, but he's not a lock to play after taking a hit to the head in Game 2.

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