Toews' OT winner keeps Blackhawks alive

Toews' OT winner keeps Blackhawks alive
April 22, 2012, 4:58 am
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jonathan Toews came back from missing 22 games with a concussion by scoring in Game 1 of this series. On Saturday night, he was there to give the Blackhawks another shot of life in this series.

Toews scored just 2:44 into overtime, as the Blackhawks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 at Arena on Saturday. The Blackhawks staved off elimination and forced a Game 6, which is 8 p.m. Monday at the United Center.

Game 5 was much like the previous four in this series: close, low scoring, with late-regulation scores for the Blackhawks. And, of course, overtime.

The two teams went there for the fifth time in the series, tying a record set by Toronto and Montreal in the 1951 Stanley Cup Final.

Gilbert Brule scored on a Coyotes 3-on-1 to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead early in the second period.

The Blackhawks were once again getting a high number of shots on Mike Smith. But there weren't many bodies between those shots and Smith. Then Nick Leddy's seeing-eye shot tied the game with about nine minutes left in regulation.