St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored 56 seconds
into overtime to lift the Phoenix Coyotes over the St. Louis Blues, 3-2, on
David Moss and Mikkel Boedker lit the lamp in regulation for the Coyotes, who
improved to 13-4-2 on the season. Mike Smith stopped 37-of-39 shots.
"It was nice for me to play like that tonight and to bail the guys out," Smith
Maxim Lapierre and Roman Polak scored for the Blues, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped. Jaroslav Halak made 16 saves.
"The goalie was better than we were," St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock
said of Smith. "The goalie was more determined than some of our shooters
St. Louis was trying for its best start in franchise history on Tuesday. The
Blues came into the game with an 11-2-2 record through 15 games, matching the
best start by the franchise over that span first set in 1993-94 and done again
in 1997-98. St. Louis lost its 16th game of the campaign in the aforementioned
Polak scored his second of the season 2:49 into the third period to tie the
game at two. He received a cross-ice pass from Alexander Steen and beat Smith
from the bottom of the right circle.
Smith made 12 saves in the third frame to help send the game into overtime.
Just 56 seconds into overtime, Ekman-Larsson beat Halak on a shot from the
Lapierre redirected Jay Bouwmeester's wrist shot past Smith 5:53 into the game
to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead.
The Coyotes responded with two goals to go in front. Moss' shot from the right
circle beat Halak at the 7:49 mark. Boedker scored on a 3-on-1 rush to give
Phoenix a 2-1 edge with 31 seconds remaining in the first frame.
The Blues swept three games from the Coyotes last season ... Steen extended
his point streak to 11 games ... Phoenix forwards Radim Vrbata and Martin
Hanzal missed the game ... St. Louis forward Brenden Morrow returned to the
lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury .. The Blues and
defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
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