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Toews and Pirri score in SO, Blackhawks beat Coyotes

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The Canadian Press
11/14/2013 11:30:49 PM
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CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews and rookie Brandon Pirri scored in a four-round shootout, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.

Radim Vrbata had the lone shootout goal for Phoenix, 7-1-1 in its last nine games.

Pirri tied the score 4-all 3 minutes into the third, and 4 seconds after a Chicago power play had elapsed. He connected on a midair deflection of Brent Seabrook's drive from the top of the circle.

Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, who extended their point streak to eight games (7-0-1). Chicago fired a season-high 52 shots through overtime at Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

Phoenix defenceman Michael Stone scored two goals for the first time in his career as the Coyotes overcame an early two-goal deficit to earn a point.

Shane Doan and Lauri Korpikoski also scored for Phoenix. At 13-4-3, the Coyotes are off to their best start since 1998-99 when they were 15-3-2 after 20 games.

Smith made 48 saves and Chicago's Corey Crawford had 26 in a wide-open, back-and-forth game.

The 52 shots allowed by the Coyotes through overtime also were a season high. Smith entered having faced an NHL-high 555 shots.

Phoenix defenceman Zbynek Michalek left after five shifts in the first period with a lower-body injury.

The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 6:22, but the Coyotes came back to tie it 2-all after the first period.

Saad opened the scoring 2:37 in when he popped in a rebound with Smith down on the ice and a scrum in the crease.

Sharp made it 2-0 at 6:22 with a power-play goal, on a rising shot fired from the top of the slot and through a screen.

The 23-year-old Stone cut it to 2-1 just 41 seconds later when his shot from the right point deflected off Pirri's stick and past Crawford.

Doan's power-play goal, chipped in from the right side of the net with 5:56 left in the first, tied it at 2. Keith Yandle's shot from the point missed the net, caromed off the back boards and straight to Doan.

Hossa put Chicago back ahead 3-2 at 5:05 of the second when he drove to the net unchecked and scored on a rebound of his own shot from left wing.

Then Korpikoski and Stone scored 2:11 apart late in the second to put Phoenix ahead for the first time, 4-3.

From the edge of the crease, Korpikoski wrapped in a rebound of Radim Vrbata's shot with 5:05 left in the period to knot it at 3. Stone's second goal, on a high drive from the top of the left circle, sailed past Crawford on the stick side and put the Coyotes in front.

After Pirri scored to tie it at 4, the Blackhawks took control and outshot the Coyotes 17-6 in the third. Smith stopped Hossa from point-blank range with a minute left in regulation.

Chicago dominated the overtime and outshot Phoenix 3-0

NOTES: The Blackhawks recalled 20-year-old forward Alex Broadhurst from Rockford of the AHL and placed C Michael Handzus on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 25. Handzus has missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury. Broadhurst, from the Chicago suburb of New Lenox, Ill., didn't play Thursday. ... Chicago D Michal Rozsival was a scratch. He was hit in the face with a puck on Sunday. ... Phoenix assigned forward Chris Brown to Portland of the American Hockey League. He had appeared in just four games.

Brandon Pirri  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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