ST. LOUIS – Forward Alex Steen never imagined his goal would be the game-winner for the St. Louis Blues.
Steen's goal early in the third period gave the Blues a seemingly commanding four-goal lead, but the Coyotes rallied to make it close.
In the end, the Blues held on for a 4-3 win on Friday night at the Scottrade Center.
Steen had a goal and an assist, Jaroslav Halak stopped 30 shots and the Blues won their fifth straight game. B rad Boyes, Erik Johnson and Alex Pietrangelo added goals and Barret Jackman had two assists to stake the Blues to a 4-0 lead early in the third period.
Captain Shane Doan scored two goals for Phoenix, the first at 6:20 of the third period to end Halak's shutout streak at 129 minutes, 29 seconds.
Lauri Korpikoski also scored for the Coyotes (17-13-7), have been outscored 14-4 in the previous four road games, going 1-3-0 in that stretch.
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Despite being outshot 14-6 in the first period, the Blues (20-12-5) grabbed the lead when Boyes converted a cross-ice feed from Steen and beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a shot through the Coyotes goalie's leg pads with 5:52 left.
Pietrangelo's shot from the top of the blue line on the power play got through Bryzgalov as Backes was setting a screen in the slot to give the Blues a 3-0 lead with 1:31 left in the second.
Early in the third, Steen picked off an errant pass in the Blues' zone and skated in on a two-on-one rush with Eric Brewer and beat Bryzgalov with a low shot to the stick side.
Doan put the Coyotes on the board by crashing the net and backhanding a shot that squirted through Halak's pads. Phoenix made it interesting, with Korpikowski scoring from the slot with 1:27 remaining and Doan tipping in a goal with 20.9 seconds left.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com contributed to this recap.
Defenseman Erik Johnson's short-handed goal 7:23 into the second period put the Blues up 2-0. Teammate David Backes drove hard to the net, got a shot off that Johnson collected in the right circle and snapped past Ilya Bryzgalov.
"That was probably the moment that allowed the game to tilt a little bit more in our favor," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "Great individual play, great read, and now all of the sudden, we feel like we're in more command of the game."
• Captain Shane Doan scored two goals in a game for the second consecutive game and for the 37th time in his NHL career. His first goal, scored with 14:40 left in the game, was the 700th point of his NHL career.
• The Coyotes' next game is Sunday vs. Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center. The puck drops at 4 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and can be heard on KFNN-AM (1510).
"Give (Jaroslav) Halak credit. He was really good tonight. When he's the best player on the ice, it's going to be tough."
"They are a team that makes it hard on
other teams. They get pucks out and play real sound defense. They took
advantage of their opportunities."
"Fortunately for us, we got a 4-0 lead. We got a little comfortable in there, giving them opportunities to score goals, but they all count. We got the two points and that's all that matters right now."
• Dec. 31, 2010: STL 4, PHX 3
• Jan. 10, 2011:
• Nov. 13, 2010: PHX 5, STL 3
• March 22, 2011:
1 - 0 STL
2 - 0 STL
3 - 0 STL
4 - 0 STL
4 - 1 STL
4 - 2 STL
4 - 3 STL
Holding the stick