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Hawks Tie Series, Must Improve to Win

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The Blackhawks were desperate. Again.

They trailed the Phoenix Coyotes by a goal and had to pull goalie Corey Crawford. Again.

With less than 15 seconds to go, they scored the tying goal to force overtime. Again.

This time, though, unlike the way they frittered away momentum in Game 1, the Hawks potted the winner to take Game 2 of this first-round playoff series, and so, the Hawks come home even. Miraculously.

I say miraculously because this 4-3 Hawks win didn’t figure as play unfolded. The Coyotes took away the Hawks’ game for most of Game 2 the way they did most of Game 1. The Hawks wanted to skate. The Coyotes forced them to the glass. The Hawks faced demanding battles along the boards. The Coyotes won of most them.

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