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Coyotes 2, Maple Leafs 0

November 23, 1997

PHOENIX (AP) _ Shane Doan scored a second-period goal, and Nikolai Khabibulin made it stand up with his second shutout this season against Toronto as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Maple Leafs 2-0 Saturday night.

Jeremy Roenick added an empty-net goal with 22 seconds to play.

Khabibulin stopped 28 shots to record his 11th career shutout. Three have come in his last four starts against the Maple Leafs, including a 3-0 victory in Toronto on Nov. 8.

The Leafs, who have scored an NHL-low 42 goals in 22 games, again were undone by their poor power play. They had four opportunities and came up short four times to stay stuck on two goals in 53 power plays on the road and 12 in 105 overall. Toronto is 0-6-1 in the last seven games with Phoenix.

The game was fast-paced from the outset, but both goaltenders were sharp.

The first period ended in a scoreless tie after Toronto’s Felix Potvin, who finished with 33 saves, stopped 11 shots and Khabibulin turned away 15 despite two Maple Leafs power plays and all but 14 seconds of a third.

But the Coyotes broke the spell 4:39 into the second period.

Cliff Ronning won a faceoff and sent the puck to John Slaney, who passed to Jay More for a shot above the right circle. The puck bounced back to Doan, who flicked it past Potvin.

Toronto had only five shots in the second period but put on terrific pressure the last four minutes. A sixth shot that could have tied it was disallowed. Fredrik Modin got the puck past Khabibulin with 1:27 left in the second, but Steve Sullivan was in the crease.

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