Hanzal scores in OT to give Phoenix series lead
Glendale, AZ – Martin Hanzal scored 9:29 into overtime to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal.
Fresh off capturing their first division title since entering the NHL in 1979 as the original Winnipeg Jets, the Coyotes were mere seconds away from winning in regulation before Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook forced overtime.
In the extra session, the Blackhawks continually iced the puck and it finally cost them on the game-winner.
Off an offensive zone draw, Hanzal positioned himself in the slot and managed to redirect Adrian Aucoin's shot from the right point, giving the Pacific Division champs an early lead in this best-of-seven series that resumes Saturday night in Phoenix.