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Phoenix at St. Louis

Pyatt nets go-ahead goal, lifts Coyotes over Blues

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ST. LOUIS -- 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 Jan. 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.
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Taylor Pyatt scores the eventual game winner on a wraparound shot against Jaroslav Halak. (Getty Images)
Taylor Pyatt scores the eventual game winner on a wraparound shot against Jaroslav Halak. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Phoenix  (20-13-9) «0224
St. Louis (20-15-6)1023
Three Stars
K. Turris
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. D'Agostini
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
E. Jovanovski
PHO


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
18:53 - David Backes (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: D'Agostini, Steen
2ND PERIOD
06:39 - Lauri Korpikoski (10), Tip-In. Assist: Jovanovski, Aucoin
09:15 - Lee Stempniak (9), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
3RD PERIOD
03:01 - Matt D'Agostini (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sobotka
03:21 - Brad Winchester (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: McClement, Boyes
09:58 - Kyle Turris (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lepisto, Pyatt
16:48 - Taylor Pyatt (10), Wrap Shot. Assist: Turris, Korpikoski
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:31Bissonnette, 5 min, Fighting
05:31Janssen, 5 min, Fighting
08:22Lepisto, 2 min, Tripping
09:38Jovanovski, 2 min, Boarding
2ND PERIOD
01:15Polak, 2 min, Interference
19:39Pietrangelo, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
20:00Yandle, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Brewer, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
PHO1015833
STL1181736
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jason LaBarbera60:00333
Jaroslav Halak59:09294
Game Information
Attendance - 19150
Referees - Tom Kowal, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Dan Schachte
 
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