Game Report: Blues 3, Coyotes 1

By Nicholas Hand

The Blues continued their hot streak with a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Wednesday night in Arizona. Carter Hutton made 22 saves and Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored for the Blues, who have gone 11-1-1 in their last 13 games.

With the win, the Blues moved back into the third position in the Central Division, one point (90) ahead of the idle Nashville Predators. Both teams have six games remaining in the regular season, including a head-to-head matchup on Sunday at Scottrade Center.

In addition, the Blues moved within one point of clinching their sixth consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance.

Berglund’s 22nd goal of the season gave St. Louis a 1-0 advantage at 9:16 of the first period.

Colton Parayko kept the play alive in the offensive zone throwing the puck towards the net which was controlled by Magnus Paajarvi who sent a nice pass to Berglund., who buried a wrist shot past Coyotes goaltender Louis Domingue on a shot under the crossbar.

The Blues dominated the opening period with a 16 to seven shot advantage and carried the clear majority of the play.

That dominance continued in the second period where the Blues outshot the Coyotes by a 14-6 margin.

The Blues play was rewarded with a 2-0 lead just 2:25 into the period on Tarasenko’s 36th of the season.

Tarasenko buried a rebound following a Jay Bouwmeester shot from the point off a faceoff. Jaden Schwartz also assisted on the goal extending his pointstreak to five games.

The Coyotes rallied late with a power play goal by Alex Goligoski with 5:23 remaining in the third period. Goligoski’s sixth of the season was assisted by Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller.

The assist marked the first NHL point for Keller, the Swansea, Ill., native, in his second NHL game.

A Dvorak holding penalty with 1:28 in regulation put the Coyotes shorthanded. David Perron scored his 100th career goal with the Blues on the power play with 20 seconds remaining into an empty-net.

The Coyotes pulled Domingue for an extra-attacker creating five-on-five play in the last minute of regulation in a last-ditch attempt to find the tying goal. Perron’s empty-netter was his 16th of the season with Berglund and Alex Pietrangelo assisting on the goal.

Of Note: Berglund’s first period goal was the 150th of his NHL career. All with St. Louis, that moved him past Doug Gilmour for 14th on the Blues all-time goals list… His 22 goals this season also matches his career high in the 2010-11 season with 22 in 81 games played… Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson was scratched due to a minor injury suffered on Monday night. Rookie defenseman Jordan Schmaltz was inserted into the lineup playing in his first game since March 11th. Schmaltz logged 14:11 of ice-time and head coach Mike Yeo said prior to the game that Schmaltz will likely play on Friday as well … The Blues have won 11 consecutive games against Arizona.

Looking Ahead: The Blues finish their two-game road trip on Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche.