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CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Juha Ylonen and Rick Tocchet scored 25 seconds apart in the third period as the Phoenix Coyotes remained unbeaten and snapped the Chicago Blackhawks nine-game home winning streak with a 3-3 tie.
Tocchet created a scoring chance when he took the puck away from Alexei Zhamnov and passed to rookie teammate Trevor Letowski. Letowski skated to the right side and fed in front to Tocchet, who tipped in the puck for his 412th career goal.
"Anytime you're down late you just try to throw it at the net, and that's what Trevor Letowski did," Tocchet said. "I was yelling at him so maybe he heard me. It's a good tie for us, but Chicago played really well."
"We were playing a wounded tiger tonight," Coyotes coach Bobby Francis said. "It's their home opener and they wanted to impress their fans and get off the goose egg. We knew their energy level would be high and we wanted to ride the wave."
Thibault came up big in overtime when he stopped a wrist shot and a wraparound by Coyotes captain Keith Tkachuk in the final minute. Before Phoenix's scoring binge in the third period, Thibault allowed only a goal to Greg Adams 56 seconds into the contest.
"We played good enough for the win and the way we were playing, the wins will come," Thibault said. "I am getting better. I wasn't happy how we started the first two games, but we are coming around."
"(Roenick's) a tense guy and Amonte is a tense guy, too, but things will happen on the ice," Tocchet added. "I don't think (Roenick) would do anything cheap or intentional. He's not that kind of player. If he's got a problem with a guy, he'll just fight him."
Zhamnov and J.P. Dumont scored to give Chicago a 3-1 lead, but the Blackhawks could not hold on and remained winless at 0-2-1. Amonte assisted on Zhamnov's goal and leads the Hawks with six points.
Chicago's Eric Daze forged a 1-1 tie 96 seconds into the second period with his second goal of the season.
Phoenix (2-0-1) is 5-1-3 in its last nine visits to the United Center and 11-3-3 in the last 17 meetings with the Hawks.