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  •   Coyotes Stop Blues in Overtime

    Phoenix Logo By Mel Reisner
    Associated Press
    Saturday, April 24, 1999; 7:08 p.m. EDT

    PHOENIX – At least temporarily, the Phoenix Coyotes broke a spell against Grant Fuhr in a must-win game.

    Shane Doan scored the winning goal 8:58 into overtime Saturday, and the Coyotes beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 to end Fuhr's playoff domination of their franchise and tie the first-round series 1-1.

    It was a dramatic comeback for the Coyotes, who had their only lead at 3-2 on Keith Carney's unassisted goal late in the third period, only to see Pavol Demitra tie it with 3:18 left.

    Had the Coyotes lost, they would have faced a 2-0 deficit going into Game 3 Sunday and the prospect of possibly not returning to the America West Arena, where they began the first round with home ice advantage for only the third time in 14 postseason appearances.

    Nikolai Khabibulin had seven of his 31 saves in the extra period, including a spectacular flurry when he stopped shots by Al MacInnis, Blair Atcheynum and Pascal Rheaume in a five-second span about 7:00 into the overtime. He improved to 8-9 in the playoffs.

    Dallas Drake, who scored Phoenix's first goal, began the winning sequence when he recovered a loose puck behind the net, reversed direction and shoveled a pass to Doan, who tapped it past Fuhr.

    Teppo Numminen and Keith Carney scored in the third period for the Coyotes, who trailed 2-1 when the period began.

    MacInnis had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who got their second goal from Pierre Turgeon. MacInnis and Demitra scored on two of St. Louis' four power plays.

    Fuhr, prevented from tying Billy Smith for second in NHL history with 88 playoff victories, had 24 saves. He was in goal for the Edmonton Oilers in 1985 and 1987, when they ended the Winnipeg Jets' only two trips beyond the first round in 13 previous postseason appearances. Fuhr, who earned a 3-1 victory over the Coyotes on Thursday, fell to 16-2 lifetime against the Jets-Coyotes in the playoffs.

    It was the Coyotes' fifth victory in 11 playoff overtimes, and the 19th loss for the Blues in 40 extra sessions.

    Numminen's ended Phoenix's 0-for-10 streak on power plays in the series, tying it 2-2 at 2:15 of the third period.

    For the second straight game, MacInnis silenced the crowd by scoring early.

    MacInnis, who scored 11 of his 20 regular-season goals on power plays, slapped the puck at Khabibulin from high in the slot. Khabibulin got his glove on the 100 mph blast, but it came out and dribbled over the line 5:31 into the game.

    The Coyotes, who didn't score until their 26th shot of the first game, cashed in on their 11th to tie it 5:53 into the second period, when Drake scored his fourth goal in 23 playoff games with a wrist shot.

    © Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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