The St. Louis Blues scored four goals in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes Monday night.
The game began with a lot of promise for the Coyotes, who are playing out the string after playoff elimination. Goals from Antoine Vermette and Anthony Duclair gave Arizona a 2-0 lead in the first period.
But in a third period that began deadlocked at 2-2, the Blues overwhelmed the visiting Coyotes. Forward Kyle Brodziak scored two goals, including one while the team was short-handed at 1:28 in the period. Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrick Berglund also scored for St. Louis. The Blues are tied with the Dallas Stars for the best record in the NHL’s Western Conference and home-ice advantage through the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Tarasenko’s goal was his 37th of the season, putting him in fourth place in the NHL. Duclair’s goal gives the young left wing 20 for the season and 44 points — a bright spot for the Coyotes as they look to next year. Alex Tanguay continues to play well since his acquisition, getting assists on both Arizona goals.
The Blues have gone 11-0-1 against the Coyotes in their previous 12 games, including 3-0 this season. Arizona, now 35-37-7, plays the Chicago Blackhawks tonight on the road in the third-to-last game of the season.