Alex Zhamnov made sure Tony Amonte didn't enjoy his reunion with his former Chicago teammates.

Zhamnov, who succeeded Amonte as Chicago's captain when his old linemate signed with Phoenix in July, had a goal and an assist to help the visiting Blackhawks beat the Coyotes, 4-2, last night.

"It was probably a little special game for me because we played together for six years," Zhamnov said. "It was a little tough, but we knew what we had to do before this game, that's for sure. We needed the two points."

Eric Daze also had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Berezin and Nathan Dempsey scored as Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak in the fifth game of its road trip. Jocelyn Thibault made 34 saves.

Shane Doan scored twice for the Coyotes.

Amonte had a seven-year low in goals (27) last season after what he claims was a Thanksgiving day 2001 interview during which Chicago General Manager Mike Smith told him he would not be re-signed.

This season has been even more difficult for Amonte -- through 24 games, he has five goals and 12 assists.

Losing the five-time all-star also seemed to affect the Blackhawks, who had scored 48 goals in their first 21 games -- on pace to finish with fewer than 200 in a full season for the first time in 40 years.

They signed Theo Fleury in August to offset Amonte's departure, but Fleury was suspended indefinitely on Oct. 8 for violating the NHL's substance-abuse aftercare program and wasn't cleared to begin practicing with the team until Tuesday.

* THRASHERS 7, RANGERS 4: In Atlanta, Patrik Stefan, Chris Herperger and Shawn McEachern each scored two goals as the Thrashers ended a three-game losing streak.

Dany Heatley had three assists and goaltender Byron Dafoe won his home debut for Atlanta.

The Thrashers, who had lost five of six, got their first short-handed goal of the season when McEachern stole the puck in the neutral zone and raced down the right side to beat New York goalie Dan Blackburn and close the scoring at 15 minutes 17 seconds of the third period.