Sabres, Coyotes lock up

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World All-Star teammates Dominik Hasek and Nikolai Khabibulin put on a clinic as the Buffalo Sabres and the Phoenix Coyotes skated to a 1-1 tie.

"We had fun Saturday and Sunday," Hasek said. "Today it was a different story. We are not friends when we face each other."

Khabibulin made 26 saves in the game, including four in overtime. His best effort was with 3:45 left in OT when he stopped Geoff Sanderson on a breakaway.

"Our defense got caught there," Khabibulin said. "I just got out of the crease a little, tried to match my skate with his skate and I was waiting for him to make the first move."

Hasek stopped 24 shots, but was faced with fewer tough shots than Khabibulin as Coyotes didn't manage to create may quality scoring chances.

"Five-on-five, I don't think they had more than two or three chances the whole game," said Hasek. "We had a lot of big chances in overtime to win the game, I think Nikolai played a good game. I think he stole a point from us."

Keith Tkachuk gave Phoenix the lead in the first period with a power-play goal and it stood up until the third period when Buffalo tied it with a power-play goal by Curtis Brown at 10:34.

"It was probably a proper ending," Phoenix coach Jim Schoenfeld said. "The goaltenders were the two best players on the ice, by far."

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