GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Krys Kolanos saw the opening between Adam Munro and
the goal post as a chance at redemption on several levels.
Kolanos, who missed 80 games last season because of a concussion and had
only three goals in 40 contests this season after two stints in the minors,
scored a power-play goal 2:55 into overtime to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a
2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
``It's the last game,'' Kolanos said. ``It's what the fans are going to
remember us by going into next year, and it was important for us to leave on a
Brian Boucher had 23 saves for Phoenix, which trailed for more than 42
minutes before Paul Mara finally solved Munro with 58.8 seconds left in
That forced the extra period and positioned the Coyotes to snap a five-game
losing streak and win for only the second time in 22 games (2-13-4-3).
``The inability to score has kept us out of so many games,'' Coyotes coach
Rick Bowness said. ``Krys should be the first to tell you it has been a
disappointing year for him. I talked to him before the game about that.''
The Blackhawks, who have one game left, will have the fewest wins in the NHL
after their second overtime loss during a six-game skid.
Blackhawks rookie Tuomo Ruutu scored his 23rd goal, and Munro made 41 saves,
nearly posting a shutout in his seventh NHL start.
``I kind of wanted to get back on track after a couple of off games,'' Munro
said. ``I did a pretty good job of that, but in the end it's a matter of
winning and losing. Unfortunately, we got the loss.''
Several of Munro's moves left fans gasping, including blocking the first
penalty shot of his career with 4:44 left.
Phoenix's Ivan Novoseltsev got the free shot when defenseman Bryan Berard
tripped him as he charged the net on a breakaway. On the attempt, Novoseltsev
angled right and kept the puck low, but Munro dropped to his knees ahead of the
Munro also made a chest stop on a hard, unchallenged shot by Mike Rupp with
9:50 left. The rebound came out to Rupp, but his second shot glanced harmlessly
off the post.
But Rupp was on the boards behind the net when Tyson Nash passed him the
puck for a quick assist to Mara just above the crease.
During the extra period, Chicago's Scott Nichol was called for high-sticking
Mara 1:44 in.
Mara, Phoenix's highest-scoring defenseman, got his 42nd point by carrying
the puck down the right wing and passing it to Derek Morris in the crease.
Morris got it to Kolanos low in the left circle, and he took a one-timer from a
``It was one of those games,'' Mara said. ``You know, it went down to the
last minute there, but the character of this team prevailed. We battled strong
for 60 minutes _ we really took it to them with over 40 shots and we ended the
season on a good note.''
Phoenix outshot the Blackhawks 14-4 in the first period, but Munro preserved
the scoreless tie, making four saves during Coyotes power plays that overlapped
for 46 seconds.
Munro had an even bigger play with 7:34 left in the second, taking a shot by
Brad Ference in the chest, falling on the puck and then trapping it between his
skates after realizing that he'd lost it.
``He played a heck of a hockey game,'' Blackhawks coach Brian Sutter said.
``There shouldn't have been overtime.''
Munro's early mastery paid off quickly.
Jim Vandermeer, pinned between two defenders in the right circle, got the
puck to Tyler Arnason above the crease. Arnason flicked a crossing pass to
Ruutu, who wristed a shot over Boucher's right shoulder with 3:06 left.