Coyotes edge Blackhawks in overtime


Coyotes edge Blackhawks in overtime

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jonathan Toews scored after missing the last 22 games, but Martin Hanzal scored the winner midway through overtime as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series on Thursday night.

Brent Seabrook scored with just 14.2 seconds remaining to send it to overtime. But Hanzal redirected a shot 9:29 into overtime to give the Coyotes the victory.

Toews scored on his second shift, a backhander that got through Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith about four minutes into the game. But the Blackhawks wouldn't get another one past him.

Mike Smith stopped 43 of 45 shots for the victory. Corey Crawford stopped 31 of 34 in the loss.

Taylor Pyatt got the Coyotes on the board after a sloppy series by the Blackhawks kept them in their zone for far too long. Vermette scored off a pass from Raffi Torres with 2:33 remaining in the second period.

It was another night that the Blackhawks could've been helped by their power play. And while they had good opportunities on Thursday, they went 0 for 4 on the night.

Blackhawks acquire Michael Latta from Kings in swap of minor leaguers

Blackhawks acquire Michael Latta from Kings in swap of minor leaguers

The Blackhawks made a minor league deal on Saturday, announcing the acquisition of forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.

Latta, 25, has two goals and four assists in 29 games this season with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League.

He has four goals and 13 assists in 113 career games in the National Hockey League, all with the Washington Capitals from 2013-16.

Latta, who was a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in 2009, will report to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He carries a $600,000 cap hit, and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Schilling ranked second among defensemen on the IceHogs with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games, and had a minus-3 rating. The 28-year-old blue liner signed a two-year contract worth $575,000 per season with the Blackhawks in July 2015.

Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso


Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.

The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.

Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.

The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.