Blackhawks on brink of elimination after Game 4 loss

Blackhawks on brink of elimination after Game 4 loss
April 20, 2012, 2:50 am
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The Blackhawks just can't help themselves. They apparently just love the late-regulation drama, that crazed hockey in the final minutes, sometimes seconds.

But once again, their late third-period push couldn't be capitalized upon in overtime.

Michael Frolik tied it with 1:26 remaining in regulation, but Mikkel Boedker scored his second game-winning overtime goal in as many games in the Phoenix Coyotes' 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks in their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

The Coyotes took both games at the United Center and now command a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Coyotes took a 2-0 lead in the third period, thanks to Shane Doan and Taylor Pyatt's goals, which came within 44 seconds of each other. But midway through the third, the Blackhawks got a break. Brendan Morrison, a late add in place of healthy scratch Jamal Mayers, fired one that deflected off Rostislav Klesla's stick and past Mike Smith to make it 2-1. And then Frolik, who had just five goals in the regular season, scored his second of this postseason to force the fourth overtime of this series.

The last NHL series in which the first four games all went to overtime, according to TSN, was the 1951 Stanley Cup Final between Toronto and Montreal.

The Blackhawks' six consecutive playoff overtimes is a new record.