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game recap

Blues 4, Coyotes 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Dave Vest

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Blues 4, Coyotes 3
Phoenix Coyotes 3, St. Louis Blues 4

ST. LOUIS - The Coyotes’ recent dominance of the Blues in St. Louis ended Saturday night as the hosts finally beat the visitors, 4-3, at Scottrade Center.

“This one will sting,” said Coyotes forward Steven Reinprecht, who assisted on Phoenix’s first and third goals. “We’re fighting for a playoff spot with these guys. Even though it’s just the start of December, every game is important to us.”

Ed Jovanovski, Shane Doan and Kyle Turris scored goals for the Coyotes, but they weren’t enough to lift Phoenix, which entered the game with six straight victories over the Blues in St. Louis dating to the 2005-06 season.

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Blues forward B.J. Crombeen one-timed the game-winning goal past Ilya Bryzgalov at 13:47 of the second period. Brad Boyes added three assists for St. Louis.

Bryzgalov, playing his first full game since Nov. 24, stopped 26 of 30 shots for the Coyotes (12-12-2).

Trailing 4-3, the Coyotes had two power plays within the final nine minutes of the game, but they failed to score on either.

“We had a couple of opportunities and we just came up short again and that’s just not good enough,” Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said. “If we’re going to be successful, we need to capitalize on those opportunities, and we didn’t do it tonight.”

Gretzky also wasn’t pleased that Enver Lisin was called for hooking in the offensive zone early in the second period. The Blues scored on the ensuing power play to tie the score at 2.

We got one (power-play goal) in tonight but we needed two. Unfortunately, we didn’t take care of business in the third. - Shane Doan

St. Louis took a 3-2 lead at 11:37 of the second period when Keith Tkachuk banged in a rebound for his 12th goal of the season. Crombeen followed Tkachuk’s goal less than five minutes later and the Coyotes could only get as close as 4-3 after a power-play goal by Turris with 3:56 left in the second.

“We got one (power-play goal) in tonight but we needed two,” Doan said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t take care of business in the third.”

Doan was involved in a controversial play near the end of the game involving Blues forward David Backes. Doan was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding Backes, but replays indicated the call was too harsh.


NOTES

• The Blues honored Tkachuk before the game for recently reaching the 1,000-point mark. Tkachuk notched 623 of his points while playing for the Coyotes/Jets franchise from 1991-2001. Only 72 NHL players have totaled 1,000 points. ( Todd Walsh talks to Keith Tkachuk about his milestone

• Coyotes center Olli Jokinen missed his fifth straight game due to a shoulder injury. Jokinen skated with his teammates Saturday morning and was one of the last players to leave the ice. He is expected to play on Wednesday in Dallas.

• Doan has notched at least one point in four consecutive games.

• Blues forward Paul Kariya missed his 14th straight because of a hip injury.

• Zbynek Michalek has blocked 16 shots in the past three games and leads the NHL with 91 blocked shots.

• Coyotes forward Dan Carcillo and Crombeen fought three seconds into the game. Carcillo dropped Crombeen to the ice with a punch. He later fought Blues forward Roman Polak and again was the last one standing.

• Doan and Turris each won six of nine face-offs.

Keith Tkachuk
Patrik Berglund
Brad Boyes

 


scoring summary
1st Period
09:03
PHX
Ed Jovanovski (2) ASST: Shane Doan (13), Steve Reinprecht (8)
1 - 0 PHX
16:05
STL
David Backes (6) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (6), Eric Brewer (5)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:15
PHX
Shane Doan (13) ASST: Peter Mueller (10), Zbynek Michalek (8)
2 - 1 PHX
05:14
STL
PPG - Patrik Berglund (8) ASST: Brad Boyes (10), Carlo Colaiacovo (5)
2 - 2 Tie
08:23
STL
Keith Tkachuk (12) ASST: David Backes (5), Brad Boyes (11)
3 - 2 STL
13:47
STL
B.J. Crombeen (2) ASST: Patrik Berglund (8), Brad Boyes (12)
4 - 2 STL
16:04
PHX
PPG - Kyle Turris (3) ASST: Keith Yandle (13), Steve Reinprecht (9)
4 - 3 STL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
00:03
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
00:03
PHX
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
10:33
PHX
Peter Mueller  Slashing against  David Backes
2nd Period
04:39
PHX
Enver Lisin  Hooking against  Jay McClement
10:51
STL
T.J. Oshie  Hooking against  Mikkel Boedker
15:01
STL
David Backes  Interference against  Mikkel Boedker
17:10
PHX
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Roman Polak
17:10
STL
Roman Polak  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
17:13
STL
Brad Winchester  Fighting (maj) against  Todd Fedoruk
17:13
PHX
Todd Fedoruk  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Winchester
3rd Period
07:02
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Slashing against  Alexander Steen
11:02
STL
Eric Brewer  Slashing against  Kevin Porter
15:47
STL
Jeff Woywitka  Tripping against  Shane Doan
19:53
PHX
Shane Doan  Boarding (maj) against  David Backes
19:53
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Ed Jovanovski
19:53
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Roughing against  B.J. Crombeen
19:53
STL
Jay McKee  Roughing against  Shane Doan
19:53
PHX
Shane Doan  Game misconduct against  David Backes
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 30TOI: 59:47
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
7-5-1
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0
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