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Coyotes 1, Sabres 0

January 12, 1999

PHOENIX (AP) _ Dallas Drake scored with 16:25 remaining and all-star Nikolai Khabibulin made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 Monday night to snap a four-game winless streak.

Teppo Numminen, one of the Coyotes’ four all-stars, stole the puck just outside the Sabres’ zone and fed a pass to Jeremy Roenick, also an all-star selection. Dominik Hasek stopped Roenick’s blast from the top of the left circle, but Drake pounced on the puck in the low slot and shot it over Hasek’s glove for his seventh goal.

The shutout was Khabibulin’s 17th, but only his fourth against an Eastern Conference opponent.

The Coyotes won for just the second time in their last seven home games (2-4-1). Hasek made 21 saves for the Sabres, who are winless in their last three (0-2-1).

Neither team mounted much offense in the first two periods.

Brian Holzinger appeared to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 4:57 of the second period when he rifled a shot off Teppo Numminen’s stick and behind Khabibulin.

The goal light came on as the puck ricocheted off both the crossbar and left post before bouncing into the right circle, but referee Rob Shick immediately waved off the goal. Shick’s decision was confirmed moments later by video goal judge Tony Knowles.

Phoenix’s best opportunity came as the Coyotes killed off a power play with 37.5 seconds left in the second period. Bob Corkum jumped on a loose puck at the Buffalo blue line, skated in and fired low on Hasek. But Hasek, who had come several feet out of the crease to cut down Corkum’s angle, dropped to his knees and trapped the puck under his pads as he slid backward toward the goal.

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