GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Krys Kolanos saw the opening between Adam
Munro and the goal post as a chance at redemption on several
Kolanos, who missed 80 games last season because of a concussion
and had only three goals in 40 contests this season after two
stints in the minors, scored a power-play goal 2:55 into overtime
to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago
Blackhawks on Saturday.
"It's the last game," Kolanos said. "It's what the fans are
going to remember us by going into next year, and it was important
for us to leave on a good note."
Brian Boucher had 23 saves for Phoenix, which trailed for more
than 42 minutes before Paul Mara finally solved Munro with 58.8
seconds left in regulation.
That forced the extra period and positioned the Coyotes to snap
a five-game losing streak and win for only the second time in 22
"The inability to score has kept us out of so many games,"
Coyotes coach Rick Bowness said. "Krys should be the first to tell
you it has been a disappointing year for him. I talked to him
before the game about that."
The Blackhawks, who have one game left, will have the fewest
wins in the NHL after their second overtime loss during a six-game
Blackhawks rookie Tuomo Ruutu scored his 23rd goal, and Munro
made 41 saves, nearly posting a shutout in his seventh NHL start.
"I kind of wanted to get back on track after a couple of off
games," Munro said. "I did a pretty good job of that, but in the
end it's a matter of winning and losing. Unfortunately, we got the
Several of Munro's moves left fans gasping, including blocking
the first penalty shot of his career with 4:44 left.
Phoenix's Ivan Novoseltsev got the free shot when defenseman
Bryan Berard tripped him as he charged the net on a breakaway. On
the attempt, Novoseltsev angled right and kept the puck low, but
Munro dropped to his knees ahead of the shot.
Munro also made a chest stop on a hard, unchallenged shot by
Mike Rupp with 9:50 left. The rebound came out to Rupp, but his
second shot glanced harmlessly off the post.
But Rupp was on the boards behind the net when Tyson Nash passed
him the puck for a quick assist to Mara just above the crease.
During the extra period, Chicago's Scott Nichol was called for
high-sticking Mara 1:44 in.
Mara, Phoenix's highest-scoring defenseman, got his 42nd point
by carrying the puck down the right wing and passing it to Derek
Morris in the crease. Morris got it to Kolanos low in the left
circle, and he took a one-timer from a sharp angle.
"It was one of those games," Mara said. "You know, it went
down to the last minute there, but the character of this team
prevailed. We battled strong for 60 minutes -- we really took it to
them with over 40 shots and we ended the season on a good note."
Phoenix outshot the Blackhawks 14-4 in the first period, but
Munro preserved the scoreless tie, making four saves during Coyotes
power plays that overlapped for 46 seconds.
Munro had an even bigger play with 7:34 left in the second,
taking a shot by Brad Ference in the chest, falling on the puck and
then trapping it between his skates after realizing that he'd lost
"He played a heck of a hockey game," Blackhawks coach Brian
Sutter said. "There shouldn't have been overtime."
Munro's early mastery paid off quickly.
Jim Vandermeer, pinned between two defenders in the right
circle, got the puck to Tyler Arnason above the crease. Arnason
flicked a crossing pass to Ruutu, who wristed a shot over Boucher's
right shoulder with 3:06 left.
Boucher won for the first time in 16 starts (1-12-3) since
Feb. 14. He is 4-18-6 since posting the last of his modern-era
record five straight shutouts on Jan. 9. ... The Coyotes reassigned
LW Mike Stutzel to Springfield of the AHL. Stutzel had no points in
his first nine NHL games. ... The Blackhawks are 70-3-16-5 in 94
games when leading after two periods. ... Phoenix's last home
victory was Feb. 20 against Columbus, 13 games ago. ... Munro
(1-5-1), one of a franchise-record six goalies Chicago has used
this season, has lost four straight.