On a crazy night in Chicago that featured three lead changes, three ties, a shootout and a trade, the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to continue their winning ways in the month of November.
With the 5-4 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, the Blackhawks have now recorded at least one point in the month of November and currently sit in second place in the Western Conference and only one point behind the Anaheim Ducks.
The Blackhawks opened up the scoring Thursday night with a Brandon Saad tally 2:37 into the game and then Patrick Sharp quickly followed that up by scoring on the power play to put the Hawks up 2-0 early on. The Coyotes then tied the game up with two goals towards the end of the first period to begin the back and forth game.
On Tuesday, forward Marian Hossa welcomed into the world his second daughter Zoya and he gave her a very special present by scoring his ninth goal of the season in early stages of the second period to put the Hawks 3-2. Then late in the second period goaltender Corey Crawford let two goals past him and by the end of the second period, the Hawks found themselves down 4-3 going into the final period.
Something the Hawks have consistently done this season so far is not give up no matter what the score is going into the third period. That mentality did not change Thursday night as the Hawks came out with tons of energy and three minutes into the third period, rookie Brandon Pirri tied the game up to ultimately force overtime.
After a quiet overtime period and 52 shots later, the Hawks and Coyotes entered a shootout. The shootout featured a different order for the Hawks than what they are used to putting out on the ice during a shootout. Coach Quenneville usually brings Patrick Kane out second to shoot, but tonight he let Sharp shoot second. Although Sharp missed his shot, it was youngster Pirri who would save the day for the Hawks by forcing a shot past Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith. After a Crawford save, the Hawks saluted their fans and headed back to the locker room with another victory.
Moments after the Hawks victory, General Manager Stan Bowman announced that the Blackhawks agreed to trade Dylan Olsen and Jimmy Hayes to the Florida Panthers for former Hawk Kris Versteeg and minor leaguer Phillippe Lefebrve. Versteeg was a key component to the Hawks 2010 Stanley Cup run and will be a great addition after Michal Handzus was placed on injured reserved.
The Blackhawks return to action on Saturday when they travel to Nashville to take on the Predators. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. (Central) and can be seen on CSN- Chicago and FS-Tennessee.
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