NHL: Blackhawks now on brink of elimination

Published: Thursday, April 19 2012 11:45 p.m. MDT

CHICAGO — Mikkel Boedker scored in overtime for the second straight game and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.

Boedker skated ahead of defenseman Nick Leddy and shoveled the puck under goalie Corey Crawford at 2:15 in the fourth straight game that has gone to an extra period.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Arizona.

Michael Frolik's tap-in from the left side with 1:26 left in regulation tied it and marked the third time in four games the Blackhawks rallied to force overtime after pulling Crawford for an extra attacker.

Shane Doan and Taylor Pyatt scored 44 seconds apart to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead in the third. But Brendan Morrison, making his first appearance in the series, scored to make it 2-1.

Doan stripped the puck from Chicago's Johnny Oduya, made a nice cross-ice pass to Ray Whitney and then scored on a rebound of Whitney's shot at 7:03 of the third. The Coyotes struck again quickly when Antoine Vermette got the puck near the boards and made a nice feed to Pyatt.

The Blackhawks played without star right wing Marian Hossa, who was driven to the ice and carried off on a stretcher in Game 3 after a shoulder-to-head hit from the Coyotes' Raffi Torres.

Torres was suspended indefinitely Wednesday and was scheduled for a hearing with the league Friday.

DEVILS 4, PANTHERS 0: At Newark, N.J., Martin Brodeur bounced back from his shortest postseason performance with a record-setting 24th playoff shutout, and New Jersey beat Florida to tie the series 2-all.

Brodeur made 26 saves in taking over sole possession of the shutout mark from Patrick Roy. The 39-year-old goalie also added his second assist of the series, giving him 10 for his career — four behind leader Grant Fuhr. The effort came two days after Brodeur was lifted after giving up three goals in 22:18 in a 4-3 loss.

Zach Parise, Steve Bernier, Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for New Jersey.

Brodeur made at least six outstanding saves in winning his 101st career postseason game, while seemingly benefiting from some early luck when Sean Bergenheim hit a post.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Florida.

CAPITALS 2, BRUINS 1: At Washington, playoff rookie Braden Holtby followed up a shaky outing with a superb one by making 44 saves, and Alexander Semin scored the go-ahead goal, helping Washington beat Stanley Cup champion Boston to tie the series at two games apiece.

Marcus Johansson put the puck past Tim Thomas less than 11/2 minutes after the opening faceoff, but Boston's Rich Peverley tied it later in the first period. Semin put Washington ahead for good with 1:17 left in the second on a power-play goal, his second score of the series.

Game 5 is Saturday in Boston.

BLUES 2, SHARKS 1: At San JOse, Calif., Brian Elliott made 24 saves, B.J. Crombeen and Andy McDonald scored and the Blues moved one win away from the second round of the playoffs, beating the Sharks in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead.

Patrik Berglund and David Perron each assisted on both goals for the Blues, who can win their first playoff series since 2002 by beating the Sharks in Game 5 at home Saturday night.

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