Coyotes snap 12-game losing streak against Blues, 5-2
ST. LOUIS — Christian Dvorak scored twice and Antti Raanta made 25 saves to help the Arizona Coyotes beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Saturday night.
Arizona broke a 12-game skid against St. Louis with its first win in the series since a 3-2 overtime triumph on Nov. 12, 2013. The streak was tied for the longest current run of its kind in the NHL; Chicago has won 12 in a row over Buffalo.
Zac Rinaldo, Brendan Perlini and Christian Fischer also scored for Arizona, which had lost five in a row overall.
Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, who had won two straight following a seven-day break.
The Coyotes scored four times in the opening 13:15. Dvorak converted back-to-back goals in a span of 3:04 to chase goalie Carter Hutton, who gave up three goals on 12 shots. Perlini capped the blitz, which marked the Coyotes’ highest-scoring first period of the season.
Arizona lost its previous three games in extra time and has the worst record in the league at 11-28-9.
Clayton Keller added two assists for the Coyotes, who had a season-high 44 shots on goal.
Raanta, who improved to 7-12-5, has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last six starts.
The Blues are 15-3-2 when one of their defensemen scores. ... Of the Coyotes’ 31 points, 21 have come in overtime or a shootout. ... St. Louis has won 1,799 games in its history and is looking to become the eighth NHL franchise to reach 1,800 wins.
Coyotes host the New York Islanders on Monday in the first of three successive home games.
The Blues host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.