The Blackhawks were the better team in the third period, no doubt sensing sudden elimination and cranking it up, to their credit. They killed a Phoenix power play and Mike Smith saved the Coyotes several times. At the 9:15 mark of the period, Nick Leddy had all day to shoot with no defender out on him, and Leddy, a defenseman, beat the previously impenetrable Smith to tie the score at 1.
The Coyotes penalty-killing unit came up big, but Smith was the biggest difference. At one point, he found himself on his back trying to take up as much space as he could; fortunately for the Coyotes, the last in a series of shots in that sequence sailed high.
Shane Doan had a chance to score but couldn't get off a shot with 1:46 left in regulation. Chicago took 12 shots to the Coyotes' four in the period.
Well, here we go again. The Coyotes are 3-1 in overtime in the playoffs. The next goal will determine if this series ends or continues.