(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — Phoenix Coyotes goalie Michael Smith made 43 saves and Martin Hanzal scored the game winning goal 9:29 into overtime, as the Coyotes took game one of their best of seven playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2.
“When you’re at that moment and score the goal, it’s just a great feeling,” Hanzal said.
Phoenix almost won the game in regulation, but Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook scored by redirecting captain Jonathan Toews’ shot into the back of the net with 15 seconds left in regulation.
“The big goal for our team is that it tied it up at the end and gave us a chance in overtime, but it came down to we just got stuck in our own zone too many times in that overtime period and gave up too many chances,” Toews said.
The puck drops for Game two at 10 PM ET in Glendale.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire