NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at St. Louis|
(Friday, December 31st)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Phoenix 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Alexander Steen scored the eventual game-
winning goal, as the St. Louis Blues held off a late charge by Phoenix to
secure a 4-3 victory over the Coyotes.
Brad Boyes scored the first of four consecutive St. Louis goals, while Barret
Jackman added two assists. Jaroslav Halak stopped 30 shots in the Blues' fifth
"It's a good feeling," Steen said. "It's a long year. We've had our ups and
downs. We started off really hot, we were first overall in the league for a
while, then fell down. Now we're climbing back up. We've got to find a way to
maintain this, now."
Phoenix made it a close by rallying for three goals in the third period. Shane
Doan scored his second of the game inside the final minute, but the Coyotes
couldn't net the equalizer as they ended December with a 6-6-2 record.
Ilya Bryzgalov allowed all four goals on 22 shots in the setback. Coyotes head
coach Dave Tippett said that, in order to get wins, his team is looking to
capitalize on a few more chances, get a few more saves and make fewer
mistakes, and Friday that didn't happen.
"Our margin for error is very slim," Tippett said. "On every given night,
you've got to try to play as well as you can in all those areas, and right now
we're just not there."
Boyes got the Blues on the board at the 14:08 mark of the first period. On a
St. Louis rush, Steen carried the puck up the left side, then passed to Boyes
at the inside edge of the right circle. Boyes deked once before beating
Bryzgalov between the pads.
A turnover in the Phoenix end led to Erik Johnson's shorthanded goal 7:23 into
the second period, and Alex Pietrangelo's power-play marker with 1:29 left in
the stanza made it a 3-0 game.
After Steen scored at the 3:05 mark of the third, Phoenix started its
Doan got the Coyotes' first at 6:20, and they didn't score again until Lauri
Korpikoski lit the lamp with a wrister with 1:27 to play.
Doan brought Phoenix within one with 21 seconds left, but Halak held steady
from there to secure the Blues' win.
"Good thing we didn't give up any more, because that would be a disaster,"
Doan's first goal was his 700th career point...Scottie Upshall had two
assists for the Coyotes...St. Louis is 4-0 on its five-game homestand,
which concludes Sunday against Dallas...Phoenix plays at Minnesota on Sunday.
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