Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - David Schlemko scored the winner in the shootout as the Phoenix Coyotes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
In the final attempt, Schlemko skated down the middle and cut to the left before wristing the puck past Corey Crawford to give the Coyotes the win.
With 46 points, Phoenix sits in the 11th spot in the Western Conference, but is just three points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for eighth place with four games to play.
Rostislav Klesla and Radim Vrbata both scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game slide. Mike Smith made 36 saves in the win.
Brent Seabrook had both goals while Crawford posted 29 stops in the loss for the Blackhawks, who had a seven-game winning streak stopped.
Chicago has 73 points on the season and has already clinched first overall in the Western Conference, and the team holds a five-point lead over Pittsburgh for first overall in the NHL.