This is exactly the kind of game the Arizona Coyotes and their fans needed. Going up against another playoff team in the St. Louis Blues the Coyotes came out strong. They hit the ice running and never looked back.
The first period was by far the best period of the Coyotes season, especially when they beat the Blues in shots on goal 23 to 7. Not only were they getting shots on net, for once the shots were going in the net. The Coyotes exited the first period up 4-0, and 10 different Coyotes’ players exited the period with points.
Coyotes with points in the 1st:— Alex (@temesy24) January 21, 2018
The best news of the night was they didn’t let the Blues complete a comeback. They continued to maintain offensive pressure throughout the second and third periods and were rewarded for their efforts.
1-0 Coyotes: (Rinaldo) Max Domi gathers a loose puck below the goal line and backhands it to Christian Fischer. Fischer fires it on Carter Hutton who blocks it with his left pad but Zac Rinaldo picks up the rebound and fires it in to a wide open net.
2-0 Coyotes: (Dvorak) Clayton Keller feeds the puck up to Jason Demers at the point before getting rocked by Joel Edmundson. Demers fires it towrad the net and Christian Dvorak deflects it between the legs of Dmitrij Jaskin and in to the goal.
3-0 Coyotes: (Dvorak) Keller battles for the puck with Robert Bortuzzo behind the goal line he gets it over to Tobias Rieder. Rieder slips it past Bortuzzo right as Patrik Berglund and Colton Parayko turn to help leaving Dvorak open at the net. Dvorak flips it over Hutton for his second of the evening and Hutton’s last, Jake Allen takes over the Blues net.
4-0 Coyotes: (Perlini) Some fantastic passing by the Coyotes was the root of this goal. It started with an Alex Goligoski cross-ice pass to Luke Schenn. Schenn sends it through the neutral zone to Richard Panik. Panik enters the offensive and then cuts quickly to the middle of the ice to avoid Parayko and pass it to Brendan Perlini. Perlini holds it for a moment before firing it on net and past Allen.
5-0 Coyotes PPG: (Fischer) After Berglund takes a slashing penalty against Niklas Hjalmarsson te Coyotes go on the power play. Domi passes the puck to Jakob Chychrun on the point. Chychrun fires a beauty of a wrister at the goal where Christian Fischer is waiting to deflect it in.
5-1 Blues PPG: (Schenn) While Demers is sitting in the box for a hooking call against Alexander Steen the Blues power play gets to work. After getting the puck below the goal line Brayden Schenn passes it to Vince Dunn sneaking in from the point. Dunn fires it on net and Antti Raanta makes the save but Schenn picks up the rebound and wrists it in.
No other goals were scored in the period but it wasn’t for lack of trying the Blues were hammering at Raanta but he managed to keep them at bay with a little help from Demers.
5-2 Blues: (Steen) After Dvorak takes a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass Steen nets a flukey goal. Dunn fires the puck but it bounces off Goligoski’s skate and then Berglund’s stick right to the ice in front of Steen.
Players of the Game
Arizona-Christian Dvorak wasaround the net all night and was rewarded twice for his efforts.
St. Louis-Brayden Schenn got the Blues on the board but with the Coyotes up by 5 it was too little too late.
- For more on the St Louis Blues check out St. Louis Game Time.
- Christian Dvorak’s two goal night was his fourth two goal game in 125 NHL games.
- The Coyotes ended a 12-game losing streak vs the Blues that dates back to November 12, 2013. They have also earned 6 points in their last 6 games.
- Antti Raanta now has a .932 save percentage since January 1 and ranks 15th in the league with a .917 save percentage for goalies who have played 20 or more games.
- The newest member of the Coyotes Richard Panik has earned 4 assists in his 5 games with the team.
Third time in the last five games the #Yotes have chased the other team's starting goalie in the first period.— Luke Lapinski (@LukeLapinski) January 21, 2018
The Coyotes take on John Tavares and the New York Islanders on Monday at Gila River Arena at 7 p.m. local time. It can viewed on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and the radio call will be on ESPN 620 AM.