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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Coyotes in SO, 4-3

Chicago picks up a point in third straight game in shootout loss to Arizona

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

For the third straight night, 60 minutes were not enough to decide the game, but unlike the previous two the Blackhawks couldn't secure the second point, falling to the Arizona Coyotes on home ice, 4-3, in a shootout on Sunday evening at the United Center.

Robin Lehner made 44 stops on 47 shots in the loss.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jonathan Toews led the way for the Blackhawks with a goal and two assists on the night. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Alex DeBrincat scored a goal in his third straight game, his longest scoring streak of the season. 

UP NEXT: Chicago opens up a three-game road swing on Tuesday night in Vegas against the Golden Knights. 


GAME RECAP

Less than a minute into the game, Toews opened the scoring off a feed from Calvin de Haan. The defenseman brought the puck from his own blue line through traffic in the neutral zone, lowered his shoulder and drove the net before firing a pass into the slot the Toews was able to backtrack towards and rip a quick backhander past Darcy Kuemper 57 seconds into the first. 

Video: ARI@CHI: Toews smacks in backhanded shot

As the Blackhawks went to the first power play of the night, DeBrincat snuck behind the Coyotes defnese off the rush and received a pass from Kane to spring him one-on-one with Kuemper. DeBrincat pulled a quick deke and roofed a shot top corner on the glove side for a 2-0 lead at 8:40 of the first. 

Video: ARI@CHI: DeBrincat dekes, finishes beautiful goal

The Coyotes got on the board at the 11-minute mark of the opening frame off a scramble in front as Christian Dvorak hit Christian Fischer behind Lehner in the crease, with the puck bouncing off the latter Christian's skate and into the goal to cut it to 2-1. 

Chicago re-gained its two-goal lead before the teams hit the locker room as Toews won a offensive-zone draw back to Connor Murphy. The defenseman ripped a slap shot from the point that Dominik Kubalik deflected in front for a 3-1 advantage.  

Video: ARI@CHI: Kubalik fires one-timer off the faceoff

In the second period, Conor Garland took a pass from Carl Soderberg in the high slot, faked a shot and then fired one on goal, beating Lehner and cutting Chicago's lead to 3-2 at 6:32.

Soderberg scored one of his own shortly after at 8:53 with a shot from the circle that deflected off Slater Koekkoek's stick and arched over Lehner's pad to level the game 3-3 on the power play. 

After a scoreless third period, the game went to overtime - the third straight game the Blackhawks would need the extra frame - and after five minutes a shootout for the second consecutive outing.

In the skill session, Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland scored for the Coyotes, while Kane scored the lone goal for Chicago. 

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