Mikkel Boedker nets his second consecutive OT winner
BY ADAM L. JAHNS AND BEN MEYER-ABBOTT firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com April 19, 2012 10:22PM
Blackhawk winger Brandon Bollig sends Phoenix center Boyd Gordon to the ice in the second period of game four of the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday April 19, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times
Updated: May 21, 2012 9:00AM
A week ago, Mikkel Boedker was finishing a regular season spent bouncing around as a bottom-six forward for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Fast-forward seven days, and he might have cemented a place for himself as a top-six forward with his second consecutive game-winning goal in overtime in the Coyotes’ 3-2 victory Thursday over the Blackhawks in Game 4 of their first-round series.
“I actually don’t know how it slid in, but I’m happy it did,” Boedker said. “It was a bobbled puck, and I felt like I could get to it first.”
Boedker got his shot after Lauri Korpikoski went down with an upper-body injury in Game 2.
“The kid’s unbelievable; he’s hot right now,” Coyotes goalie Mike Smith said. “He’s taken advantage of his opportunities, and we need that from a lot of guys, and he’s one of those guys that has all the talent and all the skill to be a top player in this league.”
Q fined $10K
The NHL announced just hours before Game 4 that Hawks coach Joel Quenneville had been fined $10,000 “for public comments critical of the officiating” in Game 3 after Marian Hossa was carried off the ice on a stretcher because of an illegal hit by Raffi Torres.
“I saw exactly what happened,” Quenneville said Tuesday night of Torres’ hit, which sent Hossa to the hospital. “It was right in front of me, and all four guys missed it. The refereeing was a disgrace.”
Asked about his comments a day after Game 3, Quenneville said, “I don’t think I said anything bad. I was just answering the question.”
Morrison over Mayers
A habitual healthy scratch down the stretch, Brendan Morrison was a surprise addition to the lineup before scoring midway through the third period to close the deficit to 2-1. It was his first point as a Hawk.
“[Morrison has] been a good foot soldier,” said Quenneville, who opted for Morrison over Jamal Mayers. ‘‘It was a tough decision. I talked to [Mayers] today; it kind of hit him hard. It’s understandable because he’s been so competitive.’’