|STL||2||3||0||(0 - 0)||5|
|PHX||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -More than two weeks off the ice didn't slow the St. Louis Blues' momentum.
David Backes had a goal and an assist, and Jay McClement also scored for the Blues. St. Louis finished with a split of the four-game season series with the Coyotes after losing the first two matchups.
"When you get balanced scoring like that, teams can't feel like they can shut down one unit and shut you down," Backes said.
"It's a nice little bonus in there," Blues interim coach Davis Payne said. "It's not every night that's going to happen, but you take the nights when it does."
Joel Perrault scored his first goal and Matthew Lombardi also had a goal for the Coyotes, who have dropped three straight.
"I don't have much to say about that game," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said during a 60-second postgame press conference. "It's very disappointing that we come out of the break like that. We have to recognize how hard teams are going to play this stretch. I look at games like this as your top players have to jump out and dictate how your team goes and we weren't even close tonight. We've got to get better tomorrow."
Perrault gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead 3:43 into the game when he corralled a botched clearing pass at the bottom of the left circle and beat Chris Mason with a looping wrist shot for his first goal since Feb. 4, 2009, against Detroit.
But the Blues dominated the action from that point on, dictating the pace of play for much of the rest of the game and taking advantage of a shaky Ilya Bryzgalov and inconsistent Phoenix defense.
"We had to see who was ready to come out quicker and it took a little bit," Boyes said. "We wanted to see how we were going to respond and we responded right away."
Oshie tied the game at 8:53 of the first when he drove down the middle and scored on a long rebound from the slot. McClement gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at 14:02 of the period on a wrist shot from the middle of the faceoff circle.
Patrik Berglund threaded a pass from just outside the right edge behind the net through the crease and onto McDonald's stick to make it 3-1 at 10:11 of the second.
Backes, who earlier had been honored on the video board for his participation in the Olympics for Team USA, added a power-play goal 2:19 later on a rebound at the bottom of the left circle.
"I think I definitely benefited from being on the ice during that seven- to 10-day stretch," Backes said. "I felt really good out there."
Boyes capped Bryzgalov's tough night when he took a pass from Steen and spun around Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski before beating the Russian Olympian on a sharp wrist shot from the right circle.
Bryzgalov, who allowed the five goals on 22 shots, was replaced by Jason LaBarbera to start the third.
Lombardi scored an unassisted goal with 11:45 remaining.
"They played better than us for the whole 60," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "It was a whole bunch of things that weren't even close to being good enough."
NOTES: Both teams were playing their first game after the Olympic break. ... Phoenix was 0 for 6 on the power play, extending its scoreless streak with the man-advantage to 25 opportunities. ... McClement's goal was his second in his last 18 games. ... Bryzgalov remained one win shy of the franchise single-season victory mark of 33 currently held by Sean Burke, Bob Essensa and Brian Hayward.
|Joel Perrault (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Mueller (13)|
1 - 0 PHX
|T.J. Oshie (14) Wrist shot - ASST: David Backes (23), Paul Kariya (18)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Jay McClement (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Steen (14), Carlo Colaiacovo (15)|
2 - 1 STL
|Andy McDonald (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrik Berglund (10), Roman Polak (13)|
3 - 1 STL
|PPG - David Backes (14) Wrist shot - ASST: T.J. Oshie (24), Paul Kariya (19)|
4 - 1 STL
|Brad Boyes (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Steen (15), Carlo Colaiacovo (16)|
5 - 1 STL
|Matthew Lombardi (14) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE|
5 - 2 STL
|Roman Polak Hooking against Shane Doan|
|Brad Winchester Charging against Vernon Fiddler|
|Radim Vrbata Hi-sticking against Paul Kariya|
|Adrian Aucoin Tripping against David Backes|
|Sami Lepisto Tripping against Brad Boyes|
|Martin Hanzal Hooking against Paul Kariya|
|Barret Jackman Roughing against Joel Perrault|
|Barret Jackman Charging against Joel Perrault|
|Taylor Pyatt Slashing against Alexander Steen|
|Jay McClement Hooking against Taylor Pyatt|
|Jim Vandermeer Interference against David Backes|
|Andy McDonald Interference against Vernon Fiddler|
|SA: 39||TOI: 59:58|
|Saves: 37||EV: 30 - 32|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: .949||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 13||TOI: 20:00|
|Saves: 13||EV: 8 - 8|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 22||TOI: 40:00|
|Saves: 17||EV: 13 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .773||SH: 2 - 2|