"The last 90 seconds I thought we did a good job," he added.
"We need to play like that with a lead."
Mara's 14th goal gave him a career-high 43 points this season,
but he heaped praise on his goaltender.
"Cujo was amazing for us again," Mara said.
Curtis Brown and Mark Cullen had Chicago's goals, and Nikolai
Khabibulin made 23 saves for the Blackhawks, who are tied for last
in the Western Conference, have lost five of six and 10 of 13.
Khabibulin had five rookie defensemen playing in front of him.
But it was Khabibulin who had a hand in the winning goal getting
past him. Doan's goal with 3:16 left in the second period gave
Phoenix a 3-1 lead.
Doan moved in 1-on-1 with Jim Vandermeer -- the Blackhawks' only
non-rookie defenseman -- and fired a shot from the left circle. The
drive might have sailed wide but it hit Khabibulin's glove and
deflected into the net.
"I got it through Vandermeer's legs, and as it went through I
think Nicky lost sight of it for a second and that makes it
tough," Doan said.
Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky wasn't about to blame Khabibulin.
"We know Khabibulin is a great goaltender," he said. "It was
just one of those goals where it clipped off the inside of his
glove and went into the net."
The Blackhawks went 0-for-5 on the power play and are in an
0-for-26 skid over seven games. Chicago lost by one goal for the
"The real wearing aspect of that is you're losing," Brown
said. "It doesn't matter if you're losing by one of more goals. We
fought and we didn't give up."
Mara gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead at 4:42 of the first period. After
taking a centering pass from Boyd Devereaux, Mara fanned on his
first shot from the slot. He regained control of the puck and swept
a second attempt past Khabibulin.
Brown tied it at 11:11, when driving up the slot he redirected
Mikael Holmqvist's centering pass through Joseph.
Comrie's 4-on-3 goal at 9:11 of the second gave Phoenix a 2-1
lead. He scored from the right side of the crease after Reinprecht
deflected Jamie Rivers' drive from the top of the slot.
Joseph made one of his toughest saves with 4:10 left in the
second, using his glove to snag Mark's Bell's drive from the slot.
The Coyotes beat Khabibulin for the first time, following
five losses to their former goaltender. Khabibulin began his career
with the Winnipeg Jets, who moved to Phoenix in 1996, and played
five seasons with the franchise. ... Chicago D Jassen Cullimore
missed the game with a left knee injury, sustained Friday against
Anaheim. The severity hasn't been announced. The Blackhawks
recalled James Wisniewski from Norfolk of the AHL. ... Chicago
forward Tuomo Ruutu has resumed practicing and might play again
before the end of the season. Ruutu partially severed a tendon in
his ankle on Jan. 8 and underwent surgery.
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Dean Warren Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Jay Sharrers
Attendance: 14,042 (71.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Paul Mara (14)
Assists: Boyd Devereaux, Mike Johnson
Curtis Brown (4)
Assists: Brandon Bochenski, Mikael Holmqvist
Mike Comrie (23)
(Power Play) Assists: Steve Reinprecht, Jamie Rivers
Shane Doan (24)
Assists: Steve Reinprecht, Fredrik Sjostrom
Mark Cullen (6)
Assists: Kyle Calder, Jim Vandermeer