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Arizona Coyotes give up five straight goals in loss to St. Louis Blues

Not a good way to start the road trip.

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If you turned off the Arizona Coyotes game after the first period to go watch the Arizona Diamondbacks, you presumably thought the team had the St. Louis Blues well in hand.

If you would like to keep that illusion, stop reading right now.

St. Louis scored five goals in the last 40 minutes of the game to win 5-2 against the Coyotes on Monday night in St. Louis. The win means that St. Louis swept the season series against the Coyotes.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Arizona: The Coyotes opened the scoring by converting on some great offensive zone cycling. Alex Tanguay peeled off the near-side boards and found Connor Murphy at the point. Murphy's point shot was stopped by Brian Elliott, but Antoine Vermette was in perfect position on Elliott's right side to backhand the rebound home. Assists to Murphy and Tanguay on the goal at 3:28.

2-0 Arizona: Anthony Duclair started and finished Arizona's second goal of the night. Duclair intercepted the turnover Oliver Ekman-Larsson created in the neutral zone, and sent the puck up to Alex Tanguay. Tanguay entered the zone and managed the fumble the puck back to Duclair, who had nobody between him and Elliott to net his twentieth goal of the season. Assists to Tanguay and Ekman-Larsson on the goal at 13:08.

Second Period

2-1 Arizona: The Blues needed only one power play opportunity to make the Coyotes pay. Arizona was caught running around its own zone on the penalty kill after an Alex Grant cross-checking penalty. Alex Pietrangelo had ample space to find Troy Brouwer, whose far-side faceoff circle shot beat Mike Smith. Assists to Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko on the power play goal at 7:36.

Third Period

2-2 Tie: St. Louis evened the score before most of us could get back in our seats. Alex Pietrangelo set up Kyle Brodziak, who blew past both Coyotes defensemen before scoring in alone on Mike Smith. Assist to Pietrangelo on the shorthanded goal at 1:28.

3-2 St. Louis: The Blues' best player gave St. Louis a critical goal down the stretch in the third. Vladimir Tarasenko went coast-to-coast, used Kevin Connauton as a screen at the near-side faceoff dot, and rifled a perfectly placed shot over Mike Smith's shoulder for his 37th of the season. No assists on the goal at 10:42.

4-2 St. Louis: Special teams make a difference for the Blues yet again, as Vladimir Tarasenko makes a seeing-eye pass across to a wide-open Patrik Berglund, who leaned so hard into his redirect shot that he knocked himself over. Assists to Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk on the power play goal at 13:00.

5-2 St. Louis: Not content with one, Kyle Brodziak scored his second of the night on a cannon of a slapshot right after a clean zone entry. Assists to Robert Bortuzzo and Carl Gunnarsson on the goal at 19:09.

Stat Report

Arizona Coyotes St. Louis Blues
First Period Shots 11 6
Second Period Shots 4 11
Third Period Shots 12 9
Total Shots 27 26
Power Plays 0 for 3 2 for 5
Faceoff Wins 39 19
Save Percentage .808 .926

Paw Prints

  • For the St. Louis recap, check out St. Louis Game Time.
  • No Nicklas Grossmann again for the Coyotes as he welcomes a child into the world. No Martin Hanzal either.
  • Blues captain David Backes did not dress for tonight's game, and is not expected back earlier than the start of the postseason.
  • Anthony Duclair is the second forward for Arizona to score 20 goals or more this season. Zero forwards scored 20+ goals for the Coyotes last season.
  • The second period turned unexpectedly scrappy, as both Max Domi and Kevin Connauton took double-minors for roughing. Antoine Vermette of all people would take a ten minute misconduct late in the third period.
  • In three games against the Blues, Arizona has allowed 15 goals.

Looking Ahead

Arizona gets virtually no reprieve from its frustrating loss tonight, as they play the equally dangerous Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night in The Windy City. Puck drop is at 5:30 PM Arizona time.