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Six players score for Coyotes in win against Blues

Hill makes 25 saves for Arizona, which has won three straight

by Alan Robinson / Correspondent

Keller's wicked wrister

STL@ARI: Keller whips wrister past Johnson

Clayton Keller gathers a pass from Nick Schmaltz in the circle and wires a wrister past Chad Johnson to extend the Coyotes' lead to 2-0

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Keller had a goal and two assists for the Arizona Coyotes in a 6-1 win against the St. Louis Blues at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Adin Hill made 25 saves, and Richard Panik had a goal and an assist for Arizona (12-11-2), which has won three straight after going 2-6-2 in its previous 10 games. Nick Schmaltz and Derek Stepan each had two assists.

"We wanted to jump out and get a good start, something that's been lacking. I thought guys were locked in and it was good to see," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "We had a lot of shots (44) and a lot of chances, and it builds momentum."


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Hill has won both of his starts in place of Coyotes goalies Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper, who each is out with a lower-body injury. 

"To come in and give us that calmness he's provided when other teams had chances, he's done a tremendous job both games he's started," forward Christian Fischer said.

Video: STL@ARI: Hill denies Perron with tough sprawling stop

Robert Thomas scored, and Chad Johnson made 38 saves for St. Louis (9-13-3), which was playing its second game of a back-to-back after a 3-2 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

"We knew they played (Friday), went to overtime in a really hard-fought game," Fischer said. "We knew our identity is our speed and that's exactly what we did, we used it very well and they just got too tired."

Jakob Chychrun gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 12:27 of the first period, scoring blocker side from the high slot off Keller's pass from the end boards.

Video: STL@ARI: Chychrun picks corner on Johnson for PPG

"We got a lot of momentum off that and built off that," Schmaltz said.

Keller scored 58 seconds into the second period to make it 2-0, but Thomas cut it to 2-1 on a redirection in front 28 seconds later. The goal ended Hill's shutout streak at 117:23.

Fischer put the Coyotes ahead 3-1 at 2:59 during a scramble in front of the net. It was his first goal in 17 games.

Nick Cousins made it 4-1 at 8:21 on a 2-on-1, and Panik scored on a rebound at the top of the crease at 17:02 to extend the lead to 5-1.

"The guys want to play a fast game, and I thought we did exactly that," Hill said.

Alex Goligoski scored to make it 6-1 at 14:08 of the third period. After Keller got around Blues defensemen Joel Edmundson and Jay Bouwmeester, he sent a backhand pass to Goligoski, who scored on a one-timer.

Video: STL@ARI: Keller dangles puck, sets up Goligoski

"That was one of those you don't see very often. Heck of a move [by Keller]. Two moves, he dances the guy to the middle and had the patience to toe drag and make a backhand feed," Schmaltz said. "Not too many players in the League can make that play."

Coyotes forward Michael Grabner and Blues forward Robby Fabbri each left with an upper-body injury late in the first period. The Blues played without forward Alexander Steen and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who each sustained an upper-body injury against Colorado.

"We've got lots of injuries, but we've got to play through them," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "People have to step up and play better."


They said it

"We've been a pretty good team when we're ready to go. We get mentally tired, and we're not playing very well when we're mentally tired, and that's got to change. We've got to be smarter, play better games when we don't have the energy and physically we're not 100 percent." -- Blues coach Craig Berube


"If we're moving our feet, I don't think a lot of teams can skate with us. When we're playing fast, our speed and skill is going to take over and eventually wear teams down, and then we can play our offense." -- Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz


Need to know

Hill is 3-0-0 with 60 saves on 61 shots. … Grabner was struck in the face by the stick of Blues forward Sammy Blais, who drew a double minor for high-sticking. Grabner was being examined after the game. … St. Louis has lost six of its past eight games (2-6-0). … Keller has three goals in his past four games. … Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson's assist on Panik's goal was his 200th in the NHL. … Stepan's multipoint game was his 100th in the NHL. … Arizona is 3-0-0 since acquiring Schmaltz in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. He has four points (one goal, three assists) playing on a line with Keller and Alex Galchenyuk.


What's next

Blues: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS)

Coyotes: At the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Video: Balanced offense leads Coyotes past Blues, 6-1

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