NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Chicago |
(Thursday, December 7th)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, Chicago 1 (SO)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Shane Doan scored in the sixth round of the
shootout to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks
at the United Center.
After Radim Vrbata mishandled the puck on Chicago's sixth attempt of the
shootout, Doan skated in from the left side, cut out front and put the puck
past the outstretched left pad of Nikolai Khabibulin for the win.
"He gave me a little fake and went around me and shot it in the net," said
Khabibulin about Doan's goal.
Ed Jovanovski scored and Mikael Tellqvist stopped 30 shots and five of six
shooters for the Coyotes, who have won four of their last five games.
"We're trying to make the turn and we're headed in the right direction," said
Doan. "It was a huge win for us."
Karl Stewart scored the lone goal and Khabibulin made 34 saves for the
Blackhawks, who have dropped two straight after winning their first three
games under new head coach Denis Savard.
The Blackhawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period with a shorthanded goal
by Stewart. He accepted a feed from Bryan Smolinski, skated into the Phoenix
zone on a breakaway and from the low slot snapped a wrister into the left
corner of the net at the 13:09 mark.
Phoenix got on the board in the second when Yanic Perrault won a faceoff at
the left circle of the Chicago end and got the puck back to Jovanovski, who
fired a slap shot through a screen that beat Khabibulin with 6:06 left in the
The Blackhawks had a golden opportunity to gain the lead in the third period
when they were awarded almost a full minute of 5-on-3 time, but Phoenix kept
them from getting any quality chances and the teams skated into overtime.
Phoenix hosts Dallas on Saturday, while Chicago travels to Minnesota...Phoenix
has won four straight against Chicago...Neither team scored on the power play
with Chicago having six chances and Phoenix five...Chicago is 0-for-33 on the
power play over its last nine games and is 0-for-9 with a two-man advantage
12/08 00:11:47 ET