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Corey Crawford wins goalie duel in Blackhawks’ 3-2 shootout victory against Coyotes

Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 12 games with two assists.

Chicago Blackhawks v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

Corey Crawford made 40 saves plus two in the shootout to help the Blackhawks defeat the Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

Patrick Kane assisted on Brandon Saad’s two goals to extend his point streak to 12 games, and scored in the shootout for the Blackhawks (25-21-6), who are 6-0-1 in their past seven games.

Antti Raanta made 42 saves, and Brad Richardson and Conor Garland each scored for Arizona (26-21-7), which is 0-3-2 in its past five games. The Coyotes hold a three-point lead over the Blackhawks for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Saad used a screen by Kirby Dach to send a wrist shot from the left face-off circle past Raanta’s right shoulder to give Chicago a 1-0 lead at 12:08.

Crawford made 12 saves in the first period, including one against Garland on a breakaway.

Saad made it 2-0 at 4:36 of the second with his second of the game when he ripped a quick shot from the slot off an assist from Kane below the goal line. Saad has four goals in as many games since returning from a right ankle injury. Kane has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) during his point streak, which is the longest active one in the NHL.

Richardson, who missed four games with an upper-body injury, pounced on a rebound off a shot from Carl Soderberg and smacked the puck into the net at 8:58.

Garland tied it 2-2 at 18:20 when he charged past Slater Koekkoek and fired the puck to the top-right corner to beat Crawford. Koekkoek, who was in better position against Garland, decided to switch with Olli Maatta but Maatta was unable to close the gap quickly.

Crawford made a cross-crease save to deny Taylor Hall at 4:46 of the third.

Saad then nearly completed his third career hat trick with a backhand shot in the slot, but Raanta kicked the left leg into the air to make a scorpion save at 14:29.

Jonathan Toews stopped in the slot then deked his way toward the net before lifting a shot past Raanta’s right leg in the shootout. Crawford made a save on Nick Schmaltz then Kane dragged the puck to his backhand and slipped a shot between Raanta’s left skate and glove. Crawford sealed the win with a save against Garland.

Chicago’s Dylan Strome had two shots on goal and blocked two shots in 14:03 of ice time in his first game back from missing seven games with a right ankle injury.

Game Charts

Puck possession game flow (5-on-5)
Natural Stat Trick
Shot heat map (All situations)
Natural Stat Trick

Three Stars

  1. Crawford (CHI) — 40 saves
  2. Raanta (ARI) — 42 saves
  3. Saad (CHI) — 2 goals

What’s next

Chicago visits the Wild at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Saint Paul, Minnesota.