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Recap - Blackhawks Defeat Phoenix 5-4

Chicago needed a shootout to earn a 5-4 victory over Phoenix on Thursday in NHL action at United Center.

Bettors who backed the Blackhawks were rewarded as -182 favorites at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 5.5.

The win was clinched by Brandon Pirri, who beat Mike Smith in a shootout to gain the extra point in the standings for Chicago. Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Brandon Pirri, and Brandon Saad each scored for the Blackhawks in the victory. Saad opened the scoring for Chicago, finding the back of the net at 2:37 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Patrick Kane and Nick Leddy.

Corey Crawford turned in a 26-save effort for the Blackhawks.

Michael Stone (2), Shane Doan, and Lauri Korpikoski scored for the Coyotes, finding the net behind Corey Crawford.

Phoenix got a 48-stop effort from Mike Smith in the loss.

Chicago scored 1 time on 3 chances on the power play, while Phoenix went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Phoenix lost the shots on goal battle to Chicago by a margin of 52-30.

Chicago heads into a battle against the Predators. Phoenix, meanwhile, will have their next action against Tampa Bay.