ST. LOUIS – Shane Doan scored his 250th NHL goal but it wasn’t enough offense for the Coyotes and they lost, 2-1, to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at the Scottrade Center. The defeat snapped Phoenix’s two-game winning streak.
The Blues scored a wacky goal and a short-handed goal within a two-minute span in the latter stages of the second period. Trailing 1-0, Blues left wing David Perron routinely dumped the puck into the Phoenix zone from just inside the red line as St. Louis made a line change. The puck headed directly toward Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, but it took a funny bounce and then slid past Bryzgalov with 6:18 left in the period.
"To get beat the way we did, a fluky goal and our power play lets up a short-handed goal, that's a tough loss to swallow," Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said. "I thought we did a lot of really good, positive things."
Perron told reporters he was confused when he heard the crowd erupt after he chipped the puck ahead and then headed to the bench.
“This is the luckiest one (goal) I've had in my career but we'll take it right now,” Perron said. “I thought someone else scored. I had no idea what happened.”
Not long after Perron’s goal, Coyotes forward Daniel Carcillo checked Blues right wing David Backes into the boards in front of the Coyotes bench, and Backes retaliated with a high stick to Carcillo’s face that drew blood. As a result, Backes was whistled for a double minor to give the Coyotes a four-minute power play. The Coyotes did not score during the power play and gave up a goal to Jay McClement, who snapped a shot past Bryzgalov to cap an odd-man rush with T.J. Oshie.
This is the luckiest one (goal) I've had in my career but we'll take it right now. I thought someone else scored. I had no idea what happened.”- David Perron
The Coyotes (27-29-5) applied pressure on the Blues (26-26-8) in the third period but they couldn’t get the puck past goalie Chris Mason. Phoenix caught a break with 5:27 left when Blues defenseman Jeff Woywitka lifted the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty. Phoenix managed just one shot on Mason before the penalty expired.
"We've got to find ways to bury the puck when we get great chances and unbelievable opportunities," Doan said, referring to a power-play unit that went scoreless in eight minutes of work. He added, "We had opportunities in the second (period) to make it 2-0 and we never did. That was just as big of a mistake as anything."
Bodies were flying around the rink during the first period as the game began with intensity.
Doan scored his team-high 23rd goal at 6:14 when he took a pass from the right corner from linemate Joakim Lindstrom and beat Mason on Phoenix’s first shot of the game. Mason helped set up the goal by fanning on a clearing attempt behind the Blues net.
St. Louis forward Cam Janssen delivered a brutal check on Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek soon after Doan’s goal. No penalty was called on the play but TV replays showed Janssen launched himself at Michalek and led with an elbow.
• Lindstrom extended his career-best point streak to five games (one goal, four assists).
• Only three penalties were called in the game, all against St. Louis.
• McClement had a bid for a second short-handed goal late in the third period, but Byzgalov stopped his breakaway shot to preserve Phoenix’s one-goal deficit.
• The Coyotes won 53 percent of the face-offs. Center Martin Hanzal led the way by winning six of nine.
• The Blues had more shots in the second period (15) than they did in the first and third periods combined (nine).
• The Coyotes dropped to 9-4-0 when leading after one period.
• Defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Enver Lisin were healthy scratches for the Coyotes. St. Louis scratched center Yan Stastny and defenseman Tyson Strachan.
1 - 0 PHX
1 - 1 Tie
2 - 1 STL
Hi stick - double minor