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Discuss: Mikkel Boedker wins it again in OT for Coyotes

Apr 19, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

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It hasn’t been pretty the whole time – this is just the second series* in which the first four games all went to overtime – but the Phoenix Coyotes are just one win away from their first series victory since they became the Phoenix Coyotes. (They were last victors as the Winnipeg Jets in 1987.)

The Chicago Blackhawks stormed back from a 2-0 deficit with yet another late goal to make it interesting, but the Coyotes could close this series out in Phoenix in Game 5 now that they have a 3-1 series lead thanks to a 3-2 OT win.

  • Corey Crawford hasn’t been that bad, unless you just put together a montage of the OT goals he’s allowed. Has goaltending been the difference of this series?
  • Speaking of differences, will Mikkel Boedker‘s name become a bad word in Chicago? He has two straight overtime game-winners.
  • The only bummer for Phoenix is that they coughed up a late one-goal lead for the third time in third close-out opportunities. Should Dave Tippett re-consider that “hold your breath and hope nothing bad happens” strategy?
  • Can the Blackhawks come back in this series like they’ve come back in games?

* – The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens went to overtime in all five games of their 1951 Stanley Cup finals series.

  1. mydadyourmom - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Raffi was dominant in this game.

  2. tbeilfuss - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Well, considering that his two goals were early Christmas presents from soon-to-be-benched Mr Crawford, no his name won’t become a bad word in Chicago.

    Crawford is 2-4 in OT the last 6 playoff games and 3 of those loses were on shots that could have/should have been stopped.

    Crawford may be the difference between the Blackhawks going home Saturday or being 2 time defending champs moving on to the next round.

    Time to start looking for someone else. I haven’t said this since 2010 but I long for Neimi.

    • fourfeatherfury - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      Get outta here man…

      The Niemi stuff is so old and worn out. Flip over to the Sharks game next time and watch Niemi let the same garbage in his net. What seem to be longing for is pretty much more of the same.

      • tbeilfuss - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:03 AM

        You obviously can’t understand that someone can “long” for something from the past without actually wanting it in the present.

  3. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    It was looking like the Hawks were going to make a big comeback but they failed. The Yotes are for real. Anyday the Squaks lose is a good day. Keep up the good work Phoenix. Get to the next round.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    One has to think Corey Crawford has replaced Raffi Torres as ‘Public Enemy Number 1’ in the windy city…?

    • tbeilfuss - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      No, just sometimes you realize (like Canucks fans should have 2 years ago) that certain guys just simply can’t be counted on. I still can’t figure out how that puck got in tonight.

  5. wj4122 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    It didn’t take a crystal ball to know that Crawford was not ready for playoff play.

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