Oshie scores twice to lead Blues over Coyotes
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
ST. LOUIS (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored twice and Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.
The Blues have won eight of nine and improved to 7-1-1 against the Coyotes since the start of the 2011-2012 season.
Phoenix lost its season-high fourth consecutive game.
Oshie recorded his second two-goal game in the last six contests since he was named to the U.S. Olympic team.
Halak improved to 19-6-3 with his second successive win after missing five games due to illnesses. He robbed David Moss from close range with a stick save early in the third period.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for Phoenix, which has been outscored 16-6 during the four-game skid.
Oshie, who has 10 goals, ripped a shot behind Mike Smith midway through the first period off a back pass from Alex Pietrangelo. Oshie scored on the power play in the second period. Jaden Schwartz provided a screen on Oshie’s shot from just inside the blue line.
Ekman-Larsson scored a power play goal on a high wrist shot with 48 seconds left in the second period. The Blues had killed their previous 21 penalties.
Phoenix RW Radim Vrbata hit the crossbar with 4:16 remaining the game.
St. Louis, which has won its last five home games, has a plus-61 goal differential, the best in the NHL.
Note: St. Louis D Roman Polak returned after missing 10 games with a fractured ankle.
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