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Associated Press
11/17/2006 12:28:18 AM


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - It took six weeks and 18 games, but Curtis Joseph and the Phoenix Coyotes finally posted consecutive victories.

Yanic Perrault and Ladislav Nagy scored in the shootout and Joseph stopped two of three shots in the tiebreaker in the Phoenix Coyotes' 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Mike Zigomanis tied it midway through the third period and Perrault added his third goal in two games for the Coyotes, who won consecutive games for the first time this season.

"I think we're trying to get some momentum," said Perrault, who was signed by Phoenix as a free agent on Oct. 30. "Every game is tough. Tonight we had to come from behind again. We're taking one at a time and trying to win some games and trying to close the gap and get closer to the playoff race."

After Joseph stopped Radim Vrbata with a pad save, Perrault faked goalie Brian Boucher to the ice and fired the puck into the top of the net. Jeff Hamilton evened the shootout, also shooting high over Joseph.

But Nagy beat Boucher, his former Coyotes teammate, with a sharp wrist shot low to the stick side, and Joseph made a pad save on Michael Holmqvist's forehand attempt to secure the win.

"I played with Boosh almost for two years and we played so many breakaways after practice so I knew what to do," Nagy said. "If he was down I would put a little move on the backhand, but he was standing so I had a lot of room."

Karl Stewart and Martin Lapointe scored 92 seconds apart midway through the first period for the Blackhawks, who are 2-0-2 in their last four games.

Phoenix tied it with 11:19 remaining when Georges Laraque worked the puck free in the right circle and fed a pass to Zigomanis in the low slot.

"We made one mistake in the second period and it led to their second goal," Chicago coach Trent Yawney said. "If you're going to win games on the road that can't happen."

Joseph kept Phoenix in the game during Chicago's late two-man advantage. Fredrik Sjostrom was whistled for cross-checking and Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing the original call.

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