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Phoenix Coyotes' Mikkel Boedker (89)celebrates his game-winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during overtime period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Chicago, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The Coyotes won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Mikkel Boedker scored 13:15 into overtime, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their wild and physical opening-round Western Conference playoff series.

Game 4 is Thursday night at the United Center.

Boedker scored from the left side of the net, beating goalie Corey Crawford as the teams played their third straight overtime game.

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Chicago played most of the night without regular-season points leader Marian Hossa, who was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the first period after a hit by Raffi Torres.

Andrew Brunette and Michael Frolic had goals for the Blackhawks, and Rostislav Klesla and Ray Whitney scored for the Coyotes in regulation.

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