On the most important road trip that any man, child, or team has ever faced, the Blackhawks jumped to an early 2-0 lead on the Phoenix Coyotes. Kris Versteeg scored another goal that no one will ever see on a highlight film by knocking in Patrick Kane’s rebound. Patrick Sharp followed that up about 30 seconds later when he stripped a Coyote defenseman and muscled it by Ilya Bryzgalov. And that’s all the Hawks could get past him the rest of the game but it wasn’t due to lack of opportunities. Versteeg almost extended their lead in the third when he hit the post on a one-handed backhand while laying on his stomach (I wish I was making that up). In all, the Hawks ended up outshooting Phoenix 40-38.
Unfortunately the penalty killing couldn’t hold the opponent down again as the Coyotes scored both of their goals on the man advantage. Zbynek (can I buy a vowel, please) Michelak scored six minutes in the second period. Shane Doan tied it in the third when Adam Burish lost his stick and Colin Fraser got caught being overaggressive in the defensive zone. Khabibulin played especially well down the stretch making some big saves to send the game into overtime. Also, Patrick Sharp gets major kudos for his back check on Ed Jovanoski who had the puck in the slot and most of the net to pick out only to have the puck knocked off his stick by Sharp.
Coach Gretz deffered his team’s turn in the shootout and Captain Serious made him pay by further extending the patent on his shootout move, shooting between the goalie’s legs. Khabby stoned Kyle Turris and Patrick Sharp beat Bryzgalov to the short side on a quick wrister. With the game on his stick, Peter Mueller put it right in the glove of Khabibulin and with that, the Hawks had their second shootout win of the year and their first win on the road trip that will save all of humanity.