NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Phoenix
(Saturday, February 28th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Phoenix 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Chris Mason collected 26 saves and the St. Louis Blues picked up an important 3-1 victory against Phoenix as part of their recent playoff push in a clash between two teams battling to rejoin the Western Conference playoff picture.
David Perron, Jay McClement and Andy McDonald tallied scores for the Blues, who won their third consecutive game and sixth in their last eight. It's the club's first three-game winning streak since November 21-25.
"We played hard, we played as a team. We have no selfish players here. We understand that's the only way we can win -- is if we play together," Mason said.
St. Louis is getting it done on the road recently, with three straight wins and six over the last nine road tests.
Olli Jokinen picked up the lone goal and Ilya Bryzgalov successfully handled 27-of-30 shots in taking the loss for Phoenix, it's third straight and 12th in the last 15 games.
"We have to win the next game. We can't really look at the standings. We have a young team over here and every game is a learning experience," Jokinen said.
The Blues took advantage of a Coyotes turnover in the neutral zone to collect the game's first score. Alexander Steen gathered the puck and sent McClement up the right wing with a pass. McClement broke off the boards cutting in front of a Phoenix defender and beat Bryzgalov with a shot up high while cutting across the slot with 4:03 to play in the second period.
Mason got a little help from the iron as Shane Doan clanged a hard wrister off the right post with time winding down in the second and St. Louis took a 2-0 lead on Perron's power-play strike from the left circle 3:11 into the third.
Jokinen's tip-in of a Keith Yandle blast from the left point resulted in a power-play goal with 5:52 remaining, drawing the Coyotes within one, but a 2- on-1 with Keith Tkachuk and McDonald at the one-minute mark put the game away as Bryzgalov went for the poke-check and McDonald roofed it.
St. Louis is 3-0 against the Coyotes this season, but Phoenix has still won nine of the last 13 meetings between the clubs. The Blues had dropped two straight and three of four in Phoenix coming in...St. Louis improved to 12-15-3 as the guest this year...The Coyotes fell to 17-13-2 as the host this year and dropped their seventh game in the last eight at Jobing.com Arena.
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