Coyotes beat Blackhawks 3-2 in shootout

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”I finally got a chance, so I figured I’d better bury it,” Schlemko said.. ”We’re fighting for our lives.. That extra point is huge and I think we deserve it.. With four games remaining, the 11th-place Coyotes moved three points behind Columbus for the eighth and last playoff spot in the West.. Detroit is one point behind the Blue Jackets and Dallas another point back and one ahead of Phoenix.. Columbus has three games left, while the Red Wings and Stars also have four remaining.. Patrick Kane had the lone shootout goal for Chicago against Mike Smith .. Rostislav Klesla and Radim Vrbata scored in the first period for Phoenix.. Smith made 36 saves through overtime in his return after missing two games with a lower-body injury.. Smith frustrated the Blackhawks last season in the opening round of the playoffs, when Phoenix defeated Chicago in six games. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/coyotes-beat-blackhawks-3-2-033331919–nhl.html

Coyotes-Red Wings Preview

Guys are working and desperate,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said.. “We need to run the table.. If we don’t get points in every game, we don’t have a chance to make the playoffs.. The players are playing accordingly.. “We want to keep ourselves alive going into a huge game against Detroit.” Phoenix helped itself with a 3-2 shootout win at Western Conference-best Chicago on Saturday, ending an 0-1-2 skid.. Mike Smith made 36 saves through overtime in his return after missing two games with a lower-body injury.. He intends on playing in Phoenix’s final four games.. “We’re fighting for our lives.. That extra point is huge and I think we deserve it,” said defenseman David Schlemko, who had the shootout winner.. The Coyotes, 2-0-2 in their last four road games, will next try to come away with two points at Detroit for the first time since Oct.. 28, 2010. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/preview/2013042205/phoenix-coyotes–detroit-red-wings

NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

No Coyote has more than 25 points, and goalie Mike Smith is a totally different wolf-like wild dog than he was last year when he led the team to the Western Conference finals.. As it stands, Phoenix is five points back from the eighth seed with five games to play, and so a loss tonight would pretty much bury any fading hopes they might have of reaching the postseason.. Now… The Chicago Blackhawks  find themselves in exactly the same spot as they were the last time they met the desert dogs: in the midst of a 10-game points streak and in possession of the league’s best record.  Their seven-game win streak is the best in hockey and they currently rank first in wins (34) and goals allowed (91), and second in goals scored (144) and home ice record (17-3-2).. Oh, and they’re by far the best team on the road (17-2-2) as well.. As of this moment, the team’s magic number is just five for securing the President’s trophy, which awards them home-ice all throughout the playoffs, however so many guys are in line for individual hardware that the Trophy room at the United Center might require renovation.. Both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are in the running for the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the League’s most valuable player.. The word is they’ll split the vote with each other, but with Sidney Crosby missing so much of the season, they’ve got a legitimate shot.. Toews is also considered a near lock for the Frank J.. Selke Trophy, which is awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.. 20-year-old forward Brandon Saad is a front-runner for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the league’s most outstanding rookie player, and defenseman Duncan Keith’s name is always in the hat for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.. Finally we have the goaltending duo of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery.. If they can manage to hang on to the lowest goals allowed total over these last five games, they’ll win the William M. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/04/20/nhl-preview-chicago-blackhawks-vs-phoenix-coyotes/

Hockey World: Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith perched in limbo

You can’t forget St.. Louis, although Brian Elliott, who is either very, very good or very, very bad, is on one of those can’t-get-a-pea-by-him runs right now.. In a perfect world, the Coyotes would have signed Smith to an extension shortly after his playoff heroics last spring, That’s when he carried Phoenix to the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings.. But there was no owner.. “Under normal circumstances, we’d have rewarded him for last season, but as everybody who’s followed the Coyotes’ saga knows, we’re far from normal,” Maloney said, laughing.. “If we’re talking the term and what Mike is looking for, we feel ownership should be part of the process.. If things go bad, we can all sit back and go, ‘remember when?’ ” Maloney said, jokingly.. “Our hope is our ownership is settled.. But, in Mike’s case, I can see where he wants to know if we’re going to be in Phoenix and whether Sean Burke will be his goalie coach and whether Tip (Dave Tippett) is his head coach.. “There’s so much uncertainty in the air.. It isn’t ideal.” Maloney’s contract as well as the contracts for the coaches, scouts and support staff contracts are up after June 30. source: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Hockey+World+Phoenix+Coyotes+goalie+Mike+Smith+perched+limbo/8241944/story.html

 

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