BASEL, Switzerland -- Canadas Vasek Pospisil reached his third quarterfinal of the season as he knocked out big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4 Thursday at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament. Pospisil, whose season-ending goal is to improve his ATP Tour ranking enough to qualify for one of the 32 seedings at Januarys Australian Open, dominated Karlovic in 59 minutes. The world No. 40 never faced a break point and limited the big mans threatening ace count to a mere eight, while striking five key aces of his own. "I played really well today and did a lot of things well," Pospisil said. "Im thrilled and very excited over how it went. "My goal going in was obviously to focus on her serve and try to handle it. I was really concentrating even more on the things I could control. It was inevitable that he was going to serve aces, I just had to deal with them." Pospisil, from Vancouver, will next face another Croat, Ivan Dodig, who beat former finalist Kei Nishikori in the second round. Pospisil remains the lone Canadian in the field after Milos Raonic withdrew for personal reasons and Daniel Nestor lost alongside Pospisil in the doubles first round. Pospisil brought his best came to court from the start against Karlovic, breaking the Croat for 4-2 in the first set and taking it in 28 minutes with a second-serve ace on the first of three set points, The second set went much the same way as Pospisil broke in the seventh game for a 4-3 margin, then converted on a match point three games later. "I served very well," Pospisil said. "Ive been working on a lot of things with my new coach (Frederic Fontang) and the hard work is paying off." Karlovic had beaten Pospisil earlier this year at the post-Wimbledon Newport grass tournament. Vaseks breakout performance this year was reaching the semifinal of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, where he lost to Raonic. Since then, Pospisil had not advanced past the second round in his last six tournaments until Basel. 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Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves through overtime, and then stopped all three Minnesota attempts in the shootout. Hossa connected on the Blackhawks second attempt in the tiebreaker by powering a shot through Ilya Bryzgalov. It was Chicagos first game since coach Joel Quenneville said captain Jonathan Toews would miss the rest of the regular season due to an upper-body injury. The Blackhawks also were without Patrick Kane, another star forward who is expected to miss the rest of the regular season because of a lower-body injury. Chicago did get Bryan Bickell back from an injury, and he scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period. Ben Smith also scored for the Blackhawks. Charlie Coyle and Erik Haula scored for Minnesota, which moved five points ahead of Dallas and Phoenix in the battle for two Western Conference wild-card playoff spots. Bryzgalov stopped 24 shots through overtime. Haula scored his fourth goal on a screened shot with 1:54 left, tying it at 2. He snapped off a shot from the right circle that sailed between the legs of Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson and then deflected in off Crawfords glove. Coyle scored the only goal of the first on a quirky tip-in. Jared Spurgeon drifted in from the right point and fired. His shot hit Hjalmarssons stick, then deflected off the blade of Coyles stick and flipped over Crawfords glove at 14:19. Smith tied it at 2:29 of the second with his 11th goal. Bryzgalov stopped Nick Leddys low drive from the left point, and then got his left pad in front of Brandons Saad rebound attempt.dddddddddddd. Smith popped in the loose puck from a scrum in front. Zach Parise, who leads Minnesota with 28 goals, was hit hard from behind in open ice by Chicagos Brandon Bollig at 8:34 of the second period. After lying face down on the ice for a minute, he was helped to the dressing room by one of the Wild trainers, but returned later in the period. Minnesotas Kyle Brodziak broke in and deked Crawford to the ice with 1:15 left in the second, but fired wide. Bickell, who was sidelined for six games with an upper-body injury, beat Bryzgalov on a rebound of his initial point-blank attempt at 2:45 of the third period. But Haula sent the game to overtime, where the Wild outshot the Blackhawks 3-2 in a cautious period. Toews got hurt when he was drilled by Pittsburgh defenceman Brooks Orpik in the second period on Sunday. Kane was injured March 19 against St. Louis and has missed seven straight games. Quenneville has said both stars will be ready for the playoffs. NOTES: Blackhawks D Johnny Oduya was a last-minute scratch with a lower-body injury. ... Chicago C Joakim Nordstrom, recalled from Rockford of the AHL on Wednesday, played. ... Minnesota F Jake Dowell and G John Curry, both recalled from Iowa of the AHL on Tuesday, were in the lineup. Curry backed up Bryzgalov. ... 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