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Blues avoid loss to Coyotes with shootout win

St. Louis ties game in third period, prevents Arizona from third victory

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues set their record with their 13th win in 17 games to start a season, a 3-2 shootout victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Scottrade Center on Thursday.

 

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Alexander Steen and Brayden Schenn scored in the shootout, and Blues goalie Carter Hutton stopped Clayton Keller and Derek Stepan.

St. Louis (13-3-1) has 27 points through 17 games to equal its 2013-14 team and is 9-1-1 the past 11 games.

Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues to tie it 2-2 5:01 into the third period. Joel Edmundson scored, and Hutton made 27 saves.

Video: ARI@STL: Edmundson finishes off Thorburn's nice pass

"It was a wild finish for sure," Hutton said. "One of those games where they pushed in the second, get two goals, and then I think we kind of sparked up in the third. We tilted the ice in the third. A pretty quiet period for me, but it's one of those ones for me mentally, that's what keeps me sharp is periods like that."

The Blues outshot the Coyotes 12-2 in the third period. Pietrangelo's wrist shot beat Antti Raanta high glove side after a pass from Vladimir Tarasenko.

The Blues took a 1-0 lead on Edmundson's goal 5:14 into the second period. Chris Thorburn had an assist for his first point with the Blues.

Brendan Perlini tied it 1-1 at 9:38 off Anthony Duclair's pass to the low slot, and Perlini's power-play goal with 1:19 remaining in the period on a backdoor play put the Coyotes ahead 2-1.

Video: ARI@STL: Perlini pots his second on the power play

"We just got refocused, but the second period, we weren't good," St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said. "The first period was pretty decent, but the second period we came out with a real strong effort, grabbed the lead, and then we stopped doing the things that we needed to do. Credit to them; it's not just on us, but we stopped checking the way we were checking. We gave up way too many scoring chances, way too many odd-man rushes. That's not our game."

Raanta made 36 saves for Arizona (2-13-3), which went 0-1-2 on its road trip and is 2-3-2 the past seven games.

"I thought [we] played hard," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "A [heck] of an effort down to five [defensemen] there at the end. I thought [Oliver Ekman-Larsson] was awesome tonight. I think he was terrific, he led tonight, and the [Christian] Dvorak line, [Kevin Connauton] was strong on it, so a lot of positive things."

 

Goal of the game

Pietrangelo's goal at 5:01 of the third period.

Video: ARI@STL: Pietrangelo finds the net on wrist shot

 

Save of the game

Hutton's save on Ekman-Larsson with 1:28 remaining in overtime.

Video: ARI@STL: Hutton robs Ekman-Larsson in OT

 

Highlight of the game

Perlini's goal at 9:38 of the second period.

Video: ARI@STL: Perlini roofs Duclair's dish over Hutton

 

They said it

"It was great. I haven't scored in a couple of weeks, so it was special to do it against one of the best teams in the League, so it's obviously good. Any way I can help the team is obviously a good thing." -- Coyotes left wing Brendan Perlini

"That we needed to be better. I think we got what we deserved. I don't think we played, especially in that second period, with the puck the way we needed to play. They want to come with speed, they've got guys who can make plays, and we let them do exactly that." -- Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on what was said after trailing 2-1

"I haven't made a play like that in I don't know how long. But credit goes to [Tarasenko]. He had that change in the offensive zone. The puck came around the wall and then I get lost coming off the bench and the puck comes right to me and then [Edmundson] is there to direct it in, so he did a great job of putting it in." -- Blues right wing Chris Thorburn

 

Need to know

Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury. ... The Blues have defeated the Coyotes 12 straight times and are 15-0-1 against them in the past 16 games. Arizona's last win against St. Louis was Nov. 12, 2013, a 3-2 overtime win here. … Brayden Schenn of the Blues and older brother Luke Schenn of the Coyotes faced each other for the sixth time in the NHL, and Brayden is 6-0-0. ... Brayden Schenn is 2-for-2 in the shootout with the Blues; he was 1-for-12 before joining St. Louis. … The Blues started 12-2-3 in 2013-14.

 

What's next

Coyotes: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; SN, FS-A Plus, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, MSG+2, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Pietrangelo scores as Blues top Coyotes in shootout

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