Phoenix 4, St. Louis 1

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, April 6, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Phoenix 41-27-3-10 22-13-2-4 19-14-1-6 W4
St. Louis 48-22-1-10 30-6-1-4 18-16-0-6 L4

Recap


COYOTES 4, BLUES 1: Although his shutout streak ended at 234 minutes, 25 seconds, Mike Smith turned aside 31 shots and Mikkel Boedker collected a goal and an assist as visiting Phoenix moved into first place in the Pacific Division.

St. Louis' bid for the Presidents' Trophy also came to an end with its first loss in four meetings against the Coyotes this season.

Radim Vrbata and captain Shane Doan scored just over two minutes apart in the second period for Phoenix, which moved past idle Los Angeles and San Jose to claim a one-point lead in the division. The Coyotes will hit the road versus Minnesota on Saturday while the Kings visit the Sharks.

Smith permitted a first-period goal to Patrik Berglund to snap his NHL record of 161 consecutive saves.

The netminder survived a scare during the second period when teammate Rostislav Klesla's leg hit him in the mask. Smith stayed in the game and was brilliant in killing off a 5-on-3 shorthanded situation.

Vrbata gave Phoenix a 2-1 lead 5:44 into the second period after he used a St. Louis defender as a screen before wristing a shot from the high slot past All-Star Brian Elliott. The tally was Vrbata's 34th to become the first Coyote since Jeremy Roenick in 1999-2000 to hit that mark.

Doan doubled the advantage just 2:10 later after he accepted Antoine Vermette's centering feed and quickly beat Elliott for his 22nd goal.

After All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle opened the scoring just 2:13 into the first period, Berglund leveled the contest after converting a 3-on-1 rush with 5:34 left in the session. Smith denied a pair of shots, but Berglund smacked a loose puck into a virtual empty net for his 19th goal.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Smith's shutout streak was the third longest this season, trailing Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov (249 minutes, 34 seconds) and Elliott. ... Elliott finished with 28 saves for the Blues.

Top Game Performances

Phoenix   St. Louis
Mikkel Boedker 2 Points Patrik Berglund 1
Mikkel Boedker 1 Goals Patrik Berglund 1
Antoine Vermette 2 Assists Andy McDonald 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mike Smith .969 Save Percentage Brian Elliott .875
Mike Smith 31 Saves Brian Elliott 28

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Phoenix 32 4 0-6 6-6 36 35
St. Louis 32 1 0-6 6-6 26 30

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against St. Louis . The Blues have a W/L % of .604 after a win and .576 after a loss.
  • Phoenix will play their next game on the road against Minnesota . The Coyotes have a W/L % of .463 after a win and .550 after a loss.
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