NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at St. Louis |
(Sunday, April 16th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, St. Louis 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Curtis Joseph stopped all 40 shots he faced
for his second straight shutout as the Phoenix Coyotes finished their season
by defeating the St. Louis Blues, 3-0, at Savvis Center
Shane Doan netted his career-high 30th goal of the season, while Mike Johnson
and Joel Perrault each tallied a goal for the Coyotes, who won two of
their final three games.
Jason Bacashihua allowed three goals on 36 shots for the Blues, who have lost
four in a row and 17 of their last 18 contests.
Phoenix, which finished in last place in the Pacific Division, is still
waiting for head coach Wayne Gretzky to make up his mind whether or not he'll
be back behind the bench for a second season. The Great One has dealt with an
alleged gambling ring involving assistant coach Rick Tocchet and Gretzky's
wife, the rumors that he knew about the questionable activity and the loss of
both his mother and grandmother during the year.
The Coyotes got on the board first at the 11:39 mark of the opening frame.
Jeff Woywitka tried to advance the puck into the Blues' offensive zone but
fell and turned the puck over to Steven Reinprecht. He skated the disc to the
left circle before feeding a pass to Doan, whose slapper from the right slot
went through the five-hole at the 11:39 mark.
Phoenix doubled its lead 4:35 into the second period. Geoff Sanderson passed
the puck to Johnson, who fired a slapper from the top of the slot that went
off Bacashihua's stick into the net.
Midway through the stanza Perrault tallied his first goal of the season on a
breakaway wrister which made the score 3-0. Steve Poapst turned the disc over
just across the blue line to Paul Mara. He passed the disc to Perrault, who
skated the puck up the right wall before netting the top shelf goal.
Phoenix has won three of the last four meetings...The Blues will finish their
season with a game at Chicago on Tuesday...Joseph has four shutouts this
season and 47 for his career...Both teams were scoreless on three power play
04/16 21:58:02 ET