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Rookie Seabrook's goal saves struggling Blackhawks in OT

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Rookie Brent Seabrook is showing a veteran's touch late in games.

For the second time in less than a week, Seabrook scored in overtime -- this one lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night.

"He's got great hockey sense," coach Trent Yawney said. "He's seeing the ice as well as probably any young player on defense in the game right now."

After killing a power play earlier in the extra period, the Blackhawks converted a 3-on-1 rush, with Mark Bell finding Seabrook in front for the winner with 38.3 seconds left in overtime. The puck hit Coyotes goalie David LeNeveu and trickled across the line for Seabrook's second goal of the season.

"I was just trying to get in on the rush and get the puck back to our forwards and give them a chance to get a goal," said Seabrook, who scored in overtime against St. Louis on Wednesday to lift the Blackhawks to a 6-5 victory.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks, who had dropped five of six and were coming off a 9-1 loss at Dallas on Friday.

LeNeveu finished with 34 saves.

After scoring four power-play goals in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Detroit, Phoenix was 0-for-6.

"We knew coming in here, we were coming into a tough situation," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "They had a tough night the other night. They have a lot of pride as an organization. Their coach is a good young coach. We knew they were going to be ready to go. We had opportunities tonight, and again cost ourselves. We gave ourselves a chance and then they beared down."

With the Coyotes ahead 1-0 just under three minutes into the third period, Chicago tied it on a power play when Rene Bourque knocked in a rebound for his third goal.

"I got a chance in the post in the first shift of the game," he said. "I've been fighting the puck a little bit lately, just having trouble scoring. It feels good to get that one, for sure."

Neither team mounted a serious threat the rest of regulation.

Chicago's Martin Lapointe was called for hooking at 1:40 of overtime but Phoenix couldn't win it. Paul Mara broke his stick attempting a shot, and Khabibulin stopped slap shots by Shane Doan and Ladislav Nagy.

Phoenix wasted a prime opportunity midway through the second period.

With the Coyotes on a power play and the puck in the Blackhawks zone, Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith dropped his stick when he thought it was broken. Right winger Matthew Barnaby promptly tossed his stick to Keith.

The Blackhawks were down a man and a stick for about a minute, until Barnaby picked up Keith's.

Late in the period, Chicago's Kyle Calder sent a sent a shot over the net. The rebound slid between Bell's skates to Matt Ellison, but the net came loose, stopping play.

About two minutes later, Phoenix broke the scoreless tie. Boyd Devereaux found Doan on the right, and Doan rifled in his fifth goal with 1:45 left in the middle period.

But the Blackhawks came back.

Khabibulin performed the way the Blackhawks expected when they signed him during the summer. And, in the end, Seabrook found himself in a familiar spot.

"(Khabibulin) deserves a lot of credit tonight too," Yawney said. "He's a world class player and also a great man. He's had a tough go, the stars haven't aligned for him. Tonight he really competed and really battled."

Notes

  • C Yanick Lehoux, acquired by Phoenix on Saturday off waivers from Los Angeles, is expected to join the team in time for Tuesday's game at Minnesota. Lehoux had 23 goals and 31 assists in 38 games with Manchester of the AHL in 2004-05.
  • Blackhawks C Tuomo Ruutu is expected to miss three to 12 weeks because of a back injury. Ruutu was in the lineup Tuesday in Detroit after sitting out six games, but he returned to Chicago after the game to be examined by the Blackhawks medical staff. No structural damage was found in a series of tests.
  • The Blackhawks acquired the rights to restricted free agent forward Andy Hilbert from the Boston Bruins for a 2006 fifth-round draft pick.
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Blackhawks fans stand and cheer as their team celebrates Brent Seabrook's winning goal in OT.  (AP)
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Scoreboard
Phoenix (7-8-2)01001
Chicago  (5-10-0) «00112
Three Stars
B. Seabrook
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
N. Khabibulin
CHI


Saves: 28
Save Pct.: .966
R. Bourque
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
18:15Shane Doan (5), Tip-In - Assists: Boyd Devereaux and Oleg Saprykin
3RD PERIOD
02:55Power Play - Rene Bourque (3), Wrist Shot - Assists: Brent Seabrook and Kyle Calder
OT
04:21Brent Seabrook (2), Wrist Shot - Assists: Mark Bell and Kyle Calder
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:37Nagy: Interference - 2 min.
16:19Bourque: Holding - 2 min.
16:41Spacek: High sticking - 4 min.
18:46Nagy: High sticking - 2 min.
19:31Michalek: Holding - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
09:51Spacek: Tripping - 2 min.
14:32Lapointe: Tripping - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
01:25Morris: Interference - 2 min.
OT
01:40Lapointe: Hooking - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Phoenix11125129
Chicago101113236
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 12498
Game Time - 64:21
Referees - Mike Leggo, Rob Martell
Line Judges - Ryan Galloway, Brian Mach
 
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