02/14 23:19 CST Blues beat Coyotes 4-0 to stretch winning streak to 8 games
Blues beat Coyotes 4-0 to stretch winning streak to 8 games
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) --- The goal is looking awfully big when Vladimir
Tarasenko is shooting. Jordan Binnington is making it look awfully small when
he's in it.
The combination has led the St. Louis Blues to their longest winning streak in
Binnington matched a franchise rookie record with his seventh straight victory,
Tarasenko scored twice and the Blues stretched their winning streak to eight
games with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
"I'm excited about the direction this is headed," Binnington said. "How
disciplined we're being, selfless. It's fun to be a part of."
Joel Edmundson scored early in the first and had an assist on Tarasenko's goal
late in the period. Tarasenko put the Blues up 3-0 late in the second period
with a power-play goal, giving him nine goals and eight assists during a
career-high 10-game points streak.
Robert Bortuzzo scored his second goal of the third period for the Blues, who
have their longest winning streak since 2000-01. St. Louis is 14-4-1 in 2019,
including 9-2-1 on the road.
Binnington made 21 saves to match Brent Johnson's rookie franchise record
winning streak set in 2000-01. Binnington had a shutout in his first career NHL
start on Jan. 7 and has two more while going 11-1-1.
"Great job by him and the team," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "He's playing
really well, and we're playing well in front of him."
Coming off a 6-1 win over Vegas, the Coyotes came out flat against arguably the
NHL's hottest team, leading to a predictable result.
Arizona gave up two goals in the first period and, despite playing better the
final two periods, had a hard time generating scoring chances after the Blues
packed it in defensively.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 20 shots for Arizona, which has lost six of eight.
"To beat St. Louis, you've got to be quicker on the puck," Coyotes coach Rick
Tocchet said. "The second we were better, but the first we were sluggish."
The Coyotes have dominated the series with St. Louis recently, winning the
three previous games by a combined score of 17-3. Arizona rolled over the Blues
in the first meeting this season on Dec. 1, all but chasing goalie Chad Johnson
out of St. Louis by scoring all its goals against him in a 6-1 win.
St. Louis has been a different team since the start of the new year, though,
winning behind Binnington and a high-scoring offense.
The Blues jumped on the Coyotes early Thursday night, dominating the puck until
scoring 3 1/2 minutes in when Edmundson swept a rolling pass from Jaden
Schwartz past Kuemper's right pad.
Tarasenko made it 2-0 with his 23rd goal, lifting his stick waist-high to
deflect a pass from Edmundson under Kuemper's left arm.
Tarasenko stretched the lead to three goals late in the second period,
one-timing a pass from Brayden Schenn at the left circle for his 24th of the
"It's kind of disappointing when you look at how our team came out," Coyotes
captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson said. "We knew we had to win this one, so it hurts
Notes: The teams' final meeting this season will be March 12 in St. Louis. ...
Coyotes C Brad Richardson returned after missing 13 games with an upper-body
injury. ... Blues LW David Perron missed his seventh straight game with an
The Blues play at Colorado on Saturday.
The Coyotes host Toronto on Saturday.
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