CHICAGO (CBS) — 670 The Score’s Dan McNeil says in the Chicago Tribune that the Blackhawks’ playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes will go seven games, “if the Hawks can rally.”

He also gives credit to Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, whom he calls the “undeniable MVP” of the Western Conference quarterfinal round series.

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He points out that Smith met several challenges, including denying a Michael Frolik breakaway in the second period, and catching and freezing a shot by Brent Seabrook just after Brendan Morrison cut the Coyotes’ lead to 2-1.

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“They don’t award the Conn Smythe trophy in the first round, but should the Coyotes weasel their way to the Finals, Smith will be the power source,” McNeil wrote.

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The Blackhawks lost to the Coyotes 3-2 in overtime Thursday night. Game 5 is Saturday night in Aurora.