Phoenix Coyotes take 3-1 series lead in another OT [PHOTOS]

Phoenix Coyotes take 3-1 series lead

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 19: Mikkel Boedker #89 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)


by The Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 20 at 9:49 AM

Game 5
Saturday, April 21, 7 p.m.

CHICAGO -- Mikkel Boedker scored in overtime for the second straight game and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in Chicago on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in the series.

Boedker skated ahead of defenseman Nick Leddy and shoveled the puck under goalie Corey Crawford at 2:15 in the fourth straight game that has gone to an extra period.

"Actually, I don't know how it slid in, but I'm happy it did," Boedker said. "It was a bobbled puck and I felt like I got to it first and I kind of hit it and it bounced over the D-man's stick and I was partially alone there for a little bit, at least. It went in and it's an amazing feeling."

Game 5 is Saturday in Arizona.

Michael Frolik's tap-in from the left side with 1:26 left in regulation tied it and marked the third time in four games the Blackhawks rallied to force overtime after pulling Crawford for an extra attacker.

Shane Doan and Taylor Pyatt scored 44 seconds apart to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead in the third.

Brendan Morrison, making his first appearance in the series, scored to make it 2-1 and send the United Center crowd into a frenzy.

Phoenix dominated play early in the final period. After being outshot 23-10 through the first two periods, the Coyotes had eight shots on goal to just one for the Blackhawks in the first 10 minutes.

The Coyotes came into one of the toughest buildings in the NHL and won two in a row. They beat a Chicago team missing winger Marian Hossa, who'd been knocked out of Game 3 by a thunderous shoulder-to-head hit from Raffi Torres, who has been suspended indefinitely.