Doan, Phoenix's sixth shooter in the shootout, beat his former
teammate with a sweeping forehand move to give the Coyotes' a 2-1
win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Doan played with Khabibulin for three seasons in Phoenix and one
year in Winnipeg before that. The two also have practiced together
in Arizona during the summer.
"I've gotten to play with and against Nicky for such a long
time," Doan said. "I think he's one of the top three goalies in
"Literally, I don't think I've ever scored against him on
breakaway. I think he's stopped me about 100 times in a row," Doan
added. "I think I've tried to go five-hole on him every time, so I
couldn't go five-hole on him tonight."
Doan didn't, and the Coyotes won for the fourth time in five
"He made a pretty good move," Khabibulin said. "I thought he
was going to fake and he went across."
Tuomo Ruutu, Chicago's fifth shooter, was the first player to
connect in the shootout. But Phoenix's Michael Zigomanis scored in
the bottom of the frame.
Tellqvist made his second start in goal for the Coyotes - and
posted his second win - since being acquired in a trade from
Toronto on Nov. 28. The Maple Leafs' former third-string goalie
stopped 30 shots.
Tellqvist, who won in his Coyotes debut over Nashville on
Monday, played his third game overall this season.
"I'm still working out a little bit of the rust," Tellqvist
said. There are some things I want to improve on and get a little
Ed Jovanovski scored in regulation for Phoenix.
Karl Stewart had a short-handed goal in regulation for Chicago,
which lost its second straight shootout. The Blackhawks have three
wins and two shootout losses under Denis Savard, who took over as
head coach on Nov. 27.
"I felt we had enough chances to win," Savard said. "We hit a
couple of posts. We can't be disappointed, there's a long way
Khabibulin made 34 saves.
The Blackhawks failed to score a power-play goal for the ninth
straight game, going 0-for-6 to extend their slump with the
advantage to 0-for-33. They wasted 5-on-3 chances early in the
second period and late in the third.
"We've got to execute better passes," Savard said. "We're
fumbling pucks and kind of panicked a bit. We've got to loosen
Stewart scored the lone goal of the first period on a
short-handed breakaway with 6:51 left. Bryan Smolinski flipped a
backhand pass up to Stewart, who skated in alone from center ice
and beat Tellqvist high on the stick side.
Stewart's goal was his second in 18 NHL games, his first
Jovanovski tied it 1-all with 6:06 to go in the second from a
faceoff in the Chicago zone. After Yanic Perreault won the draw,
Jovanovski's rising shot from the left point slipped through
traffic and beat Khabibulin high on the glove side.
Chicago wasted a brief power-play chance in overtime.
Chicago F Martin Havlat may return from an ankle sprain in
the Blackhawks' next game, Saturday at Minnesota. Havlat posted
seven goals and six assists in the Blackhawks' first seven games
this season, but hasn't played since suffering the injury Oct. 20
in Dallas. ... Chicago D and captain Adrian Aucoin missed his sixth
game with a pulled groin and is day-to-day. ...Phoenix C Mike Ricci
was a healthy scratch. Coyotes C Patrick Fischer returned Thursday
after missing the team's 3-0 loss in Dallas on Wednesday with a