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Coyotes 4, Blues 3

Monday, 01.10.2011 / 10:53 PM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 4, Blues 3
Phoenix Coyotes 4, St. Louis Blues 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ten days earlier, the Phoenix Coyotes fell just shy of erasing a four-goal deficit against the St. Louis Blues. This time, in the same rink, they finished the job.

Taylor Pyatt netted the go-ahead score on a wraparound with 3:12 to go and assisted on Kyle Turris' tying goal midway through the third period of a 4-3 victory on Monday night.

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett used his timeout after the Blues scored twice in a 20-second span to take the lead early in the third.

"I called the timeout just to tell them that we were doing some good things and to hang in there," Tippett said. "I wanted them to be confident and keep working, and that good things will happen."

Pyatt has three goals and two assists in the last four games, including the go-ahead goal at Colorado on Jan. 6. He thought the timeout was the turning point.

"I just think it settled us down a little and got us to refocus and regroup," Pyatt said. "It gave us some hope. We were tired, we needed a breather."

Turris scored on a rush, that took advantage of the Blues' fourth line, and assisted on Pyatt's 10th of the season - a play that seemed to catch Jaroslav Halak and the St. Louis defense off-guard.

"I had some room behind the net," Pyatt said. "I stepped out and tried to jam the puck as hard as I could. Got lucky, it went between his legs."

Lee Stempniak added a breakaway goal for Phoenix, which turned the tables on a team that built a four-goal cushion and then hung on for a 4-3 victory on Dec. 31 in St. Louis.

The Blues, who ended 2010 with a five-game winning streak, have lost four in a row.

"I'd say it's just the way it goes sometimes," forward Matt D'Agostini said. "That's been our story lately. When we haven't been so great, it's cost us."

Blues coach Davis Payne didn't seem too concerned, either, saying there wasn't a common theme in the slump.

"Tonight's performance is a pretty solid performance that we'd take most nights," he said. "Their goaltender held firm at times and they found a way."

D'Agostini and Brad Winchester scored 20 seconds apart early in the third to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead. Winchester, who plays on the checking line, has scored in three straight games for the first time in his career.

The Coyotes had a two-goal flurry in the second, going up 2-1 on Lauri Korpikoski's deflection and the breakaway by Stempniak, who ended a 15-game goal drought after stealing the puck from defenseman Erik Johnson.

D'Agostini drew two penalties in the first period, and set up the lone goal with 1:07 left in the frame - sending a backhand pass to David Backes, who scored his fifth goal in seven games.

Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera made his 14th start, all but one on the road. No. 1 goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has missed nine of the last 13 games for a variety of reasons, including a family medical issue and his own illness.

Both teams continued to struggle on the power play. The Coyotes are 0 for 19 over the last eight games. The Blues are 2 for 31 in their last 12.

NOTES: The Blues are third in the NHL with 38 fights. Cam Janssen took on the Coyotes' Paul Bissonnette at 5:31 of the first. ... The Coyotes are 18-8-3 against the Western Conference.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:53
STL
David Backes (12) Snap shot - ASST: Matt D'Agostini (11), Alexander Steen (15)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
06:39
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski (10) Deflected shot - ASST: Ed Jovanovski (9), Adrian Aucoin (16)
1 - 1 Tie
09:15
PHX
Lee Stempniak (9) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
03:01
STL
Matt D'Agostini (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (13)
2 - 2 Tie
03:21
STL
Brad Winchester (8) Tip-in - ASST: Jay McClement (6), Brad Boyes (14)
3 - 2 STL
09:58
PHX
Kyle Turris (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Sami Lepisto (3), Taylor Pyatt (5)
3 - 3 Tie
16:48
PHX
Taylor Pyatt (10) Wrap-around - ASST: Kyle Turris (6), Lauri Korpikoski (9)
4 - 3 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
05:31
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Bissonnette
05:31
PHX
Paul Bissonnette  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
08:22
PHX
Sami Lepisto  Tripping against  Matt D'Agostini
09:38
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Boarding against  Matt D'Agostini
2nd Period
01:15
STL
Roman Polak  Interference against  Shane Doan
19:39
STL
Alex Pietrangelo  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
20:00
PHX
Keith Yandle  Roughing against  Eric Brewer
20:00
STL
Eric Brewer  Roughing against  Keith Yandle
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
6-5-3
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 33TOI: 59:09
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0

 
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