Blues 2, Coyotes 1, SO | Friday, 04.19.2013 / 2:45 PM

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues worked their shootout magic again to collect two crucial points on Thursday night.

Andy McDonald scored the lone shootout goal, and Brian Elliott snagged Oliver Ekman-Larsson's final attempt as the Blues edged the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 at Scottrade Center.

The Blues, who also won 2-1 in a shootout Tuesday night, improved to 5-1 in tiebreakers this season.

The Coyotes got the game-tying goal from Radim Vrbata on a power play with 1:07 left in the third period, and goalie Chad Johnson, making only his fourth appearance this season, stopped 29 shots.

"It was a gritty performance by our group," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We were desperate for points and at times we were really strong in the game. The second period we probably deserved a much better outcome than we got, but we hung in there we got a big goal at the end. It's unfortunate we couldn't get an extra one in the shootout."

Andy McDonald was the Blues' first shooter in the shootout and he beat Johnson with a high wrist shot.

David Perron netted a first-period goal for the Blues and Elliott stopped 33 shots through 65 minutes. He also stopped Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson in shootout attempts. Antoine Vermette fired wide on Phoenix's first attempt.

The Blues jumped in front when Perron scored his 10th of the season and first in 17 games. He redirected David Backes' right point wrister past Johnson 9:58 into the opening period. Perron's last goal came in a 4-2 win March 12 against the San Jose Sharks to get the monkey off his back.

"It's good to get one for sure," Perron said. "I didn't really see the puck come off David's stick. The (defenseman) was in front of me and I was able to get my stick on it."

The Coyotes had a bigger push in the middle period, but Elliott was up to the task by making 10 stops. He also got some help from his posts -- Rob Klinkhammer drew iron on a break-in with the backhand early in the period, and Zbynek Michalek's right-point shot hit the near post late in the period.

"He was excellent," Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said of Elliott. "I thought our whole group of defensemen did a heck of a job because we put them under siege with turnovers in the neutral zone for the whole second period. I thought our (defensemen) did a great job bailing us out of trouble, helping us. We competed harder on pucks in the third period, but we did not compete near hard enough on pucks in the first two periods. Up front, we (had) too many turnovers, too many pucks came back on us, they stuck us on the three-quarter ice game. You're not going to win like that. The goalie saved us today."

Phoenix got the late power play when Backes was called for boarding Ekman-Larsson in the offensive zone. When the Coyotes scored, they felt like they had the momentum.

"There was a big scrum in the corner and the puck came out and I was just by myself and they saw me," Vrbata said. "I was able to put it in... We were still playing there and now will have to go to Chicago and get some points there."

Johnson kept the Blues from winning in overtime when he made a stop on Chris Stewart's breakaway attempt with 1:54 left in overtime.

"Just very solid," Tippett said of his goalie. "Very solid. All you can ask from your goaltender is give yourself a chance to win. Just stop the ones you're supposed to stop and the one that got by him was a high deflection and that's just the way the game goes sometimes. He made some great stops for us and kept us in the game, gave us a chance to get a point."


1. Goalie Chad Johnson is 2-0-2 in four starts with the Coyotes this season. He has stopped 103 of 108 shots (.954) in those games.

2. Forward Radim Vrbata scored his eighth goal of the season. He has scored all but one on the road.

3. Captain Shane Doan left the game with six minutes left in the second period but returned in the third period. He played only six shifts in the third period and none in the overtime period.

4. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played a game-high 29:00 and took four shots on goal.

5. The Coyotes dropped to 3-5 in shootouts this season.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
09:58STL David Perron (10) ASST: David Backes (19), Alex Pietrangelo (17) 1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
3rd Period
18:53PHX PPG - Radim Vrbata (8) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (19), Martin Hanzal (10) 1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
1STLAndy McDonald - Goal
2PHXAntoine Vermette - Missed
3STLChris Stewart - Save
4PHXRadim Vrbata - Save
5STLAlexander Steen - Missed
6PHXOliver Ekman-Larsson - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDSt. Louis BluesPhoenix Coyotes
1Andy McDonaldAntoine Vermette
2Chris StewartRadim Vrbata
3Alexander SteenOliver Ekman-Larsson
Three Stars of the Game
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
SA: 34TOI: 64:23
GA: 1EV: 29-29
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .971SH: 0-0
Roman Polak
Roman Polak
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:15
Barret Jackman
Barret Jackman
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:08
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:05STL Ryan Reaves  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Bissonnette
02:05PHX Paul Bissonnette  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Reaves
03:00PHX Keith Yandle  Slashing against  Chris Stewart
03:41STL Chris Porter  Too many men/ice - bench
04:11PHX Antoine Vermette  Holding against  Andy McDonald
15:06STL Alexander Steen  Roughing against  Radim Vrbata
17:05STL Alex Pietrangelo  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
20:00PHX Rostislav Klesla  Cross checking against  David Backes
20:00STL David Backes  Cross checking against  Rostislav Klesla
2nd Period
3rd Period
17:44STL David Backes  Boarding against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
OT Period
05:00STL  Game Misconduct - Head coach
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/2
Faceoff Wins2333
Blocked Shots1217
Penalty Minutes1115
3K. YandleD00-13223:12
4Z. MichalekD0000023:54
11M. HanzalC01-13021:01
12P. BissonnetteL000152:34
14C. ConnerR0002012:20
15B. GordonC0001015:49
16R. KleslaD0001217:16
17R. VrbataR10-15021:15
18D. MossR0003016:30
19S. DoanR0002014:26
24K. ChipchuraC0000015:12
29M. StoneD0002016:25
36R. KlinkhammerL0001017:00
49A. BolducC000007:47
50A. VermetteC0003217:12
53D. MorrisD00-12021:05
89M. BoedkerL00-11022:53
31C. Johnson2930.96764:09
5B. JackmanD0001020:08
9J. SchwartzL0000013:57
10A. McDonaldL0006017:36
17V. SobotkaL0001019:53
19J. BouwmeesterD0010026:13
20A. SteenL0010221:30
21P. BerglundC0001016:28
22K. ShattenkirkD0001019:42
25C. StewartR0004017:54
27A. PietrangeloD0112225:07
32C. PorterL0001011:20
33J. LeopoldD0001020:45
42D. BackesR0114423:02
46R. PolakD0002018:15
57D. PerronL1013018:40
75R. ReavesR000054:22
79A. CracknellR000107:23
91V. TarasenkoR000209:13
1B. Elliott3334.97164:23