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Coyotes end Blues' seven-game winning streak with shootout victory

Kuemper makes 33 saves, Keller has goal, assist for Arizona

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

Garland scores shootout winner

ARI@STL: Garland picks the corner for shootout win

Conor Garland snipes a smooth wrist shot past Jordan Binnington to give the Coyotes a 3-2 win against the Blues in the shootout

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ST. LOUIS -- The Arizona Coyotes ended the St. Louis Blues' seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 shootout victory at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist, Conor Garland tied it in the third period before scoring in the shootout, and Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves for Arizona (11-6-2), which defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout on Monday.

The Coyotes didn't arrive at their hotel in St. Louis until 3:30 a.m. after sitting on the tarmac for more than two hours because of issues unloading their plane when they arrived from Washington. 

"I'm proud of the guys," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "You guys know the circumstances. It's been a tough schedule and not much sleep. That's a [heck] of a hockey club over there. A little bit of rope-a-dope and it was nice to win this game."


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Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko scored, and Jordan Binnington made 20 saves for St. Louis (12-3-4), which is 9-1-1 in its past 11 games.

"You can't win every single game," Parayko said. "There's 82 games. Every team wants to win. Every team's too good in this League, good players on every team. One point could be the difference between us winning the division and us not winning the division. My [third] year (in 2017-18), that was the difference between making the playoffs and us not. We'll take points, we'll put it in the bank and just keep moving forward."

Garland tied it 2-2 on the power play at 5:58 of the third, redirecting in a pass from Keller at the top of the crease.

"I think that as a five-man unit there, we were all kind of in sync," Keller said. "[Alex Goligoski] makes a good play and [Christian Dvorak] makes a great play on the wall, and it's pretty easy from there. [Garland's] driving to the net and I hit him back door. I think that was a big goal for us."

Video: ARI@STL: Garland nets PPG to cap nifty passing play

Garland and Nick Schmaltz scored in the shootout for the Coyotes while Kuemper made saves on Tyler Bozak and Ryan O'Reilly.

"I work on it all the time in the summer," Garland said of his shootout move. "I know that every point is valuable so if I'm going to have my number called, you've got to give your team the best chance to win."

Schwartz scored on a rebound to put St. Louis ahead 1-0 at 17:13 of the first period.

"We had our chances, we had our looks," Schwartz said of the Blues, who had 64 attempted shots compared to 35 for the Coyotes. "Just didn't find the back of the net. We certainly had a lot of chances, a lot of O-zone time.

"I think we still had some good looks. I don't know how many shots we had, but I still think we had some good looks from the middle. I think we had a few power plays there where we could have executed a little bit better and get a little more momentum. We didn't play horrible. We just didn't find a way to win, which we've been doing."

Keller tied it 1-1 from the high slot following a giveaway by Blues forward David Perron at 6:47 of the second period.

Video: ARI@STL: Keller steals puck and wires one home

Parayko scored his first goal of the season short side from the right circle to make it 2-1 at 15:41 of the second.

"I don't think anyone felt good coming to the rink today, so it's just guys making sure we focus on the details that we've been talking about," Kuemper said.


They said it

"They're two really good teams this year so two big wins for us. And we didn't have a great homestand at all (0-2-0), so we need these points. We've got one more game in Minnesota that we need, too." -- Coyotes forward Conor Garland on winning back-to-back games against the Blues and Capitals

"We could have used some second and third opportunities maybe. Kuemper's a good goalie. He played well. He made his first save and we didn't get to enough rebounds or get to enough second opportunities." -- Blues coach Craig Berube


Need to know

Arizona is 5-0-1 in its past six road games. ... Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had an assist and has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the past eight games. ... St. Louis is 8-0-2 against Western Conference opponents.


What's next

Coyotes: At the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Blues: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Video: Garland scores in SO to help Coyotes top Blues

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