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Blues 6, Coyotes 3

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 12:35 AM

Jerry Brown - Correspondent

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Blues 6, Coyotes 3
St. Louis Blues 6, Phoenix Coyotes 3
Three Stars of the Game
Patrik Berglund
Patrik Berglund
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 18:53
Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 14:38
David Perron
David Perron
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 5
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:47

GLENDALE -- There is chemistry. And then there is nitroglycerin. Right now, the St. Louis line of David Perron, Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart are downright flammable.

Berglund scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season, Stewart added a goal and two assists, and Perron had a career-high four assists as the Blues scored three times in a 4:47 span of the second period and rolled to a 6-3 win against the Coyotes on Thursday night at Arena.

Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and an assist for the Blues, while minor league call-up Jake Allen made 23 saves for his fourth win in five NHL decisions.

With the likes of Andy McDonald, Alex Steen and Jamie Langenbrunner out with injuries, the Perron-Berglund-Stewart trio was put together four games ago by Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. After a quiet first two games, they had five points in Tuesday's 6-4 loss in Los Angeles and combined for nine to help the Blues pass the Coyotes in the Western Conference standings.

“The Berglund line was outstanding. They really have a good thing going and hopefully that continues,” Hitchcock said. “We were an opportunistic team tonight. We still have a ways to go, but it was good to see us get rewarded.”

Scott Nichol added his first goal to cap the second-period scoring burst and Vladimir Sobotka – coming on the ice for Berglund – scored with help from Stewart and Perron in the third.

Phoenix goalie Mike Smith stopped just 23 of 29 shots and has allowed 18 goals on 114 shots in his last four appearances, pushing his goals-against average to 3.09 – 39th among NHL goalies. His save percentage of .894 ranks 34th.

“Mike made some good saves, but there are other ones I'm sure he'd like to have back,” Phoenix Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “I know he wanted to have a really good game after taking a couple of days off to work on things. I didn't think we were very good in front of him either.”

David Moss, Shane Doan and Keith Yandle scored for the Coyotes, who lost for the second time in as many nights and have hit the halfway point in the 48-game season with a 11-10-3 record.

Turnovers and poor coverage in the defensive zone continue to haunt them. The top defensive pair of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek was a combined minus-7 against the Blues.

“That wasn't our team right there,” Tippett said. “We didn't defend very well and we gave up easy goals that made the game a lot harder than it should be. The turnovers concern you because it's the same people doing it in the same place at the same part. We'll continue to address it but if it doesn't get cleaned up we'll have to try different options.”

The Blues didn't have a decent scoring chance until 13 minutes in, but they made the most of it. With the Coyotes running around in their own end, Smith stopped Pietrangelo's shot from the right point -- but the rebound squirted right to Stewart, who had half a net to shoot at and didn't miss at 13:07.

Photo by Norm Hall.

The Coyotes' penalty kill provided some spark. Boyd Gordon broke up a pass at the Phoenix blue line and chipped it ahead to Moss to send him in alone. Allen appeared to make the save, but the puck dribbled between his legs and over the line for Phoenix's first shorthanded goal of the year at 18:54. Moss' third goal of the season was his first in nine games.

Phoenix took its first lead 41 seconds into the second period thanks to a Blues misplay. Allen played the puck behind his net but didn't get much on the pass. Martin Hanzal pushed the skidding puck into the slot where Doan stepped into his seventh goal of the season. But Allen closed the door from there, and the Blues and the Berglund line turned the game quickly.

“They picked up their intensity and we didn't match it,” Doan said.

At 5:40, Berglund put a shot up high that Smith stopped with his blocker but pushed back to the slot. It bounced between two players and Berglund converted the rebound for the tying goal. Just 2:12 later, Berglund puller a Perron pass out of his skates, twirled and lifted a backhander that deflected up off defenseman Derek Morris' stick and over Smith's shoulder to give the Blues the lead for good.

“I kind of almost blacked out there,” Berglund said, smiling. “I turned around to protect the puck and I was so close, I threw a backhand up. I didn't really know where I was aiming but it found the net.”

It became 4-2 just 2:24 later when Kyle Chipchura was leveled by Ryan Reaves as he coughed up the puck behind the Phoenix net. Jaden Schwartz steered the puck to Nichol in the slot for another point-blank goal, and the Coyotes never recovered.

The Blues polished off the win with two more in the third. Poor Phoenix defensive coverage allowed Perron and Stewart to set up Sobotka with a tic-tac-toe goal at 6:53 before Pietrangelo banged home a 4-on-4 rebound at 15:04, negating any effect from Keith Yandle's power-play goal with 25 seconds to play.

“No matter what team you’re on in this league, if you’re giving up four, five or six goals-a-game, you’re not going to win no matter how good of an offense you have,” Moss said. “We are a team that should be comfortable in those tight, little scoring games and right now we’re giving up too many chances in the house area. It’s killing us.”


Shane Doan

1. Captain Shane Doan, who scored four goals in the first 19 games of the season, has scored three goals in the past five games and now co-leads the team with seven goals. Center Martin Hanzal also has scored seven goals.

2. Forward Dave Moss has scored 64 goals in his NHL career, but the goal he scored near the end of the first period was the first short-handed goal of his career.

3. Forward Paul Bissonnette played in his 150th NHL game. He played 6:41, took one shot on goal and delivered one hit.

4. The Coyotes, who rank seventh in the NHL in blocked shots, blocked just six shots on goal. St. Louis blocked 18.

5. Forward Radim Vrbata missed his ninth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury. The Coyotes are 4-4-1 in the nine games he has missed.

scoring summary
1st Period
Chris Stewart (9) ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (11), David Perron (9)
1 - 0 STL
SHG - David Moss (3) ASST: Boyd Gordon (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Shane Doan (7) ASST: Martin Hanzal (4)
2 - 1 PHX
Patrik Berglund (10) ASST: Barret Jackman (5), Chris Stewart (9)
2 - 2 Tie
Patrik Berglund (11) ASST: David Perron (10), Chris Stewart (10)
3 - 2 STL
Scott Nichol (1) ASST: Jaden Schwartz (4)
4 - 2 STL
3rd Period
Vladimir Sobotka (4) ASST: Chris Stewart (11), David Perron (11)
5 - 2 STL
Alex Pietrangelo (5) ASST: T.J. Oshie (11), David Backes (13)
6 - 2 STL
PPG - Keith Yandle (5) ASST: Steve Sullivan (6), Derek Morris (7)
6 - 3 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
Ryan Reaves  Boarding against  Kyle Chipchura
Jaden Schwartz  Hooking against  Martin Hanzal
Martin Hanzal  Cross checking against  Matt D'Agostini
2nd Period
3rd Period
Vladimir Sobotka  Hooking against  Antoine Vermette
Derek Morris  Roughing against  Chris Porter
Antoine Vermette  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
T.J. Oshie  Cross checking against  Antoine Vermette
Chris Stewart  Roughing against  Keith Yandle
Keith Yandle  Roughing against  Chris Stewart
Patrik Berglund  Hi-sticking against  Martin Hanzal
goalie stats
Jake Allen
Jake Allen
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 1
Mike Smith
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
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