ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A fluke goal from checking forward Jamal Mayers gave the
St. Louis Blues consecutive victories for the first time in almost two months.
``The hockey gods were nice to us,'' Mayers said after his bad-angle shot
deflected in off goalie Brian Boucher's skate with four minutes left in a 4-2
victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday.
The Blues, among the top teams in the Western Conference earlier in the
season, began the day in ninth place. They won consecutive games for the first
time since beating Columbus and San Jose on Dec. 16-18.
``It's been too long, obviously,'' Mayers said. ``We stuck to our game plan
and played a team game. Getting it in and wearing teams down is the way we need
Chris Pronger had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who led 2-0 in the
second period. St. Louis is 3-9-1 in its last 13 games, but coach Joel
Quenneville is starting to see positive signs.
The Blues beat the Penguins 3-2 in overtime on Saturday to start their
``We had to be better, and we were in all areas,'' Quenneville said. ``We
finally caught a break, but I think it was basically on how hard we worked.''
Brian Savage had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, 1-6-2-1 in their last
10 games. Shane Doan got his team-leading 21st goal, but Phoenix failed to
follow up a 3-2 victory over the Stars on Saturday that ended an eight-game
``It's disappointing to give up a point with four minutes to go,'' Doan
said. ``It was an unfortunate bounce for Boucher.''
Mayers, a third-line forward, scored his fifth goal of the season and earned
only his second point in 27 games with a weak shot from near the goal line that
somehow eluded Boucher. The goalie was afraid to poke it out with his stick for
fear of setting up a rebound shot.
``It bounced over my stick and hit my pad,'' Boucher said. ``It's a rotten
bounce, bad luck. It should have been 2-2 going into overtime.''
Mark Rycroft's empty-net goal wrapped it up with 23.2 seconds to go.
Pronger got his 13th goal on the receiving end of a three-way passing play
with Petr Cajanek and Scott Mellanby at 4:57 of the first period. Doug Weight
got his 11th goal, ending a 13-game drought, on a power play at 6:36 of the
second. He beat Boucher with a wrist shot through traffic.
Doan cut the gap to one at 11:17 of the second. Mike Comrie hit the right
goal post, and Savage appeared to have hit both posts with a rebound shot
before Doan tapped it in.
With Mellanby off for interference, Savage tied it at 4:37 of the third on a
power-play goal, beating Chris Osgood with a shot through traffic from the left