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 frame.
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 this season.
12/08 00:11:47 ET