CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 19: Mikkel Boedker #89 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)
The Phoenix Coyotes hold a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. They'll try to clinch on home ice on Saturday night.
The Phoenix Coyotes entered the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs as the Pacific Division champions and the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Despite that, they were perceived as big underdogs in the opening-round series against the No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks. The Coyotes are making a strong statement that they're for real, however, as they currently hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and are just one win from advancing.
Every game in the series has gone to overtime; on Saturday, the Coyotes return to Arizona with a chance to clinch the series on home ice. The Blackhawks will do everything in their power to keep the series alive and earn at least one more game in Chicago.
No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes
10 p.m. ET | Western Conference Quarterfinals, Phoenix leads, 3-1
National TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN RDS | Local TV: CSN Chicago, FSN Arizona Plus
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