Hutton gets early hook as Blues suffer 5-2 loss to Coyotes
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 NHL 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.
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NOTES: 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.
Blues: Host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday in the second of a four-game homestand.