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Chicago Blackhawks

Coyotes rally for shootout win over Blackhawks

Blackhawks' defenseman Dennis Gilbert (left) and Arizona Coyotes center Brad Richardson battle for the puck during the first period Sunday at the United Center.
Blackhawks' defenseman Dennis Gilbert (left) and Arizona Coyotes center Brad Richardson battle for the puck during the first period Sunday at the United Center.

CHICAGO – Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz scored in the shootout against Robin Lehner, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied from two goals down to to beat the Blackhawks, 4-3, on Sunday night.

Patrick Kane connected against Darcy Kuemper in the tiebreaker as the Coyotes improved to 5-2 in shootouts this season and finished a 3-1 road trip.

Garland got his team-leading 12th goal in regulation, and Carl Soderberg and Christian Fischer also scored. Kuemper finished with 26 saves through overtime.

Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists for his first three-point game this season. Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kubalik also scored for the injury-depleted Hawks, which played beyond regulation for the third straight game after an overtime win Thursday at Boston and a shootout win at New Jersey the following night.

Lehner had 44 saves – including several sensational ones – as the Coyotes pressured late.

The Hawks led, 3-1, after one period.

Toews opened the scoring 53 seconds in. He connected on a backhand deflection of Calvin de Haan’s soft cross-ice feed, despite being tied up with defenseman Jason Demers.

DeBrincat’s power-play goal at 8:40 made it 2-0. The forward slipped behind Arizona’s defense on the left side, took Kane’s feed, then burst to the net and beat Kuemper high on the glove side.

Arizona cut it to 2-1 at 11 minutes from a goalmouth scramble when Christian Dvorak’s feed from the left side of the net went in off Fischer’s skate. Kubalik’s midair deflection of Connor Murphy’s shot from the left point with 2:05 left in the first restored Hawks’ two-goal lead.

Garland and Soderberg scored power-play goals in the second to tie it at 3. Garland trimmed it to 3-2 at 6:32 on a wrist shot from the slot.

Hawks rookie defenseman Dennis Gilbert and Demers squared off in a free-swinging fight at 7:01. Gilbert was assessed an extra minor penalty for instigating, as well as a 10-minute misconduct.

Soderberg knotted it at 3 on the ensuing man advantage at 8:53 when his pass from right circle deflected off Hawks’defenseman Slater Koekkoek’s stick and over Lehner’s shoulder.

Lehner robbed Clayton Keller with a flashy glove save at 9:19 of the scoreless third to keep it tied. Keller was alone at the low edge of the right circle during Arizona’s fifth straight power play when he fired and Lehner reached to grab the shot.

Lehner slid across the crease to stop Jakob Chychrun at 1:40 of overtime. Kuemper blocked Toews’ tip-in attempt from the edge of the crease during the Hawks’ power play midway through the extra period.

Arizona finished the OT on a power play of its own after Toews was sent off for slashing.

NOTES: DeBrincat has goals in three straight games after going 12 games without one. ... Chicago D Duncan Keith (groin) missed his fifth game. Coach Jeremy Colliton said the 36-year-old two-time Norris Trophy winner hasn’t resumed skating and remains out “week-to-week.” ... Chicago D Olli Maatta missed his third game (illness) and F Andrew Shaw sat out his fourth (concussion protocol). ... The Blackhawks recalled F Dylan Sikura from Rockford of the AHL and re-assigned F Anton Wedin. ... Arizona scratched F Michael Chaput, F Barrett Hayton and D Aaron Ness.

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