Coyotes Do Barely Enough to Beat the Blues

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 22: Phoenix Coyotes referees help the on-ice officials make a holding call on the St. Louis Blues on March 22, 2011 at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

There was little pretty in the Phoenix Coyotes win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night in Glendale.  The Desert Dogs looked listless at the start of the game and at other times throughout the contest. The game itself certainly was not one for the ages as the Blues had little firepower to take advantage of a less than highly charged Phoenix squad.

Paul Bissonnette, who had been a healthy scratch the three previous games, took it upon himself to fire the team up with not one, but two fights.  The second donnybrook, which occurred early in the 2nd stanza, seemed to awaken the Coyotes.  The ice began to tilt towards the Blues end and midway through the period Ray Whitney scored to tie the game up. 

The game was still tied late into the 3rd period when Lauri Korpikoski scored his 18th goal of the season.  The game ended with St. Louis camped out in the Phoenix zone attempting to pepper Ilya Bryzgalov with shots.   Most of the shots didn't reach Bryz due to his teammates doing whatever they could to block them.  In the end, the Yotes did enough to get two much needed points.


Bullet Points

  • After scoring three power play goals in the their final two games of their Canadian road trip, the Coyotes haven't scored on the power play in the first two games of their home stand.
  • David Schlemko did not look good again.  One would assume OEL might get a shot at being in the lineup Thursday night.
  • Korpikoski had a two point night and is now tied for the team lead in goals.  There probably isn't a more confident player on the ice for the Yotes right now.  He's looking to make plays every time he jumps over the boards
  • While most of his teammates didn't look all that sharp, Bryz certainly did.
  • Radim Vrbata assisted on both Coyotes goals.
  • Referee Paul Devorski was on the ice again Tuesday night.  This time there were no phantom holding calls.
  • Interesting stat of the night - Former Av Kevin Shattenkirk was on the ice for all three goals.

 

Game Highlights

 

Dave Tippett's Post-Game Press Conference

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