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St. Louis at Phoenix

Berglund's quick pair helps Blues ease past Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Patrick Berglund knew he was getting close to the net. Beyond that, his soon-to-be goal was a blur.

Berglund scored twice in a span of 2:12 and the St. Louis Blues beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3 on Thursday night.

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Berglund gave the Blues a 3-2 lead at 7:59 of the second period with a nifty play, kicking a pass from David Perron from his skate to his stick and backhanding a shot that deflected off Derek Morris' stick into the top of the net.

"I almost blacked out. I don't know what happened," Berglund said. "It was a really quick pick up and I turned around to try and protect it. I was getting closer and closer to the net so I just turned around and threw it backhand. I looked up and didn't really know where I was aiming."

Berglund had tied the game at 5:47 of the period after Mike Smith blocked a shot by Perron high in the air. The puck landed just outside the right faceoff circle, where Berglund pounced after two Coyotes skated past, and beat Smith to his glove side.

"There were times, if you look at the game, where they're scoring goals with red jerseys around," Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "We're just not doing much. That's concerning."

Chris Stewart got a goal and two assists, Perron added four assists, and Scott Nichol, Vladimir Sobotka and Alex Pietrangelo also scored as the Blues won after back-to-back losses to leapfrog Phoenix into seventh place in the Western Conference.

"Points are at a premium right now, so we'll take the two points," Stewart said.

David Moss scored a short-handed goal, Keith Yandle had a power-play goal and Shane Doan added his second goal in three games for the Coyotes, who have lost two straight.

After Stewart gave the Blues a 1-0 lead on a long rebound to the bottom of the right circle, a series of defensive miscues led to four of the next five goals.

Boyd Gordon stripped the puck from Pietrangelo just inside the Coyotes' blue line and sent Moss ahead with a quick pass for a breakaway goal late in the opening period to tie the game at 1.

Nineteen seconds into the second, the Blues failed to clear their zone after goalie Jake Allen settled the puck behind the net. Martin Hanzal stole the puck from Barret Jackman and pushed it to Doan in the right faceoff circle to make it 2-1.

Jaden Schwartz took the puck off Kyle Chipchura's stick, skated in front and slid a quick pass to Nichol for a one-timer and a 4-2 Blues lead midway in the second period.

Sobotka got a pass from Stewart and fired into the open right side of the net to make it 5-2.

"Some of the turnovers are really concerning because it's the same people doing it in the same place and the same part," Tippett said. "We'll continue to address it, but if it doesn't get cleaned up, we'll have to try different options."

Pietrangelo scored with 4:56 left. Yandle capped the scoring with his goal with 25 seconds to go.

Notes

  • Smith has allowed four or more goals in five of his past six games.
  • Moss' goal was the Coyotes' first short-handed goal of the season.
  • Stewart was tied for the Blues' goal-scoring lead for just under 11 minutes, until Berglund scored his 10th and 11th.
  • St. Louis had been outscored 17-0 in the second period since Feb. 1 until its three-goal outburst.
  • The Blues have won three consecutive road games against the Coyotes for the first time since 1999-2000.
  • Coyotes LW Radim Vrbata missed his ninth consecutive game with a lower-body injury.
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St. Louis center Patrik Berglund (21) gets his backhand shot up and over Phoenix goalie Mike Smith in the second period.  (AP)
St. Louis center Patrik Berglund (21) gets his backhand shot up and over Phoenix goalie Mike Smith in the second period. (AP)

Scoreboard
St. Louis  (12-9-2) «1326
Phoenix (11-10-3)1113
Three Stars
P. Berglund
STL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
C. Stewart
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
D. Perron
STL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 4
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
13:07 - Chris Stewart (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Pietrangelo, Perron
18:54Short - David Moss (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Gordon
2ND PERIOD
41.0 - Shane Doan (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Hanzal
05:47 - Patrik Berglund (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Jackman, Perron
07:59 - Patrik Berglund (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: Perron, Stewart
10:23 - Scott Nichol (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Schwartz
3RD PERIOD
06:53 - Vladimir Sobotka (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Stewart, Perron
15:04 - Alex Pietrangelo (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Oshie, Backes
19:35Power Play - Keith Yandle (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sullivan, Morris
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:38Reaves, 2 min, Boarding
13:25Schwartz, 2 min, Hooking
17:11Hanzal, 2 min, Cross Check
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
01:20Sobotka, 2 min, Hooking
07:44Morris, 2 min, Roughing
08:35Vermette, 2 min, Delay of Game
11:25Oshie, 2 min, Cross Check
14:24Stewart, 2 min, Roughing
14:24Yandle, 2 min, Roughing
18:35Berglund, 2 min, High sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
STL6101329
PHO961126
 
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NJ 3
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