National Hockey League
Arizona 3, St. Louis 2
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 17, 2021
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Referees: Dean Morton, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Devin Berg, Kyle Flemington
Attendance: 3981

Michael Bunting scored the decisive goal as the Arizona Coyotes rallied past the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Saturday in Glendale, Ariz., in a battle for the final West Division playoff spot.

The Coyotes erased a 2-0 deficit to snap a five-game losing streak and climb past the Blues into fourth place by one point.

The Blues, who have lost two games in a row, have played two fewer games than the Coyotes.

Clayton Keller and Alex Goligoski also scored for the Coyotes, who won their season series against the Blues 5-2-1.

Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves in his first appearance since March 8. He had been sidelined by a lower-body injury.

Tyler Bozak and Sammy Blais scored for the Blues and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves.

The Blues scored just 83 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. Blais joined the rush as the trailer and buried a snap shot off Colton Parayko's drop pass to the middle.

Bozak doubled the lead to 2-0 at 8:14 of the first period on the power play. Mike Hoffman gained the offensive zone off the rush to set up Bozak, who converted his own rebound with second effort.

The Coyotes cut that lead to 2-1 at 1:41 of the second period. Goligoski stepped into the slot to bury a centering pass from Nick Schmaltz from behind the net.

Keller tied the game 2-2 with a power-play goal midway through the period. He ripped a shot past Binnington from the right circle for his fourth goal against the Blues this season.

The Coyotes kept the pressure on in the third period. Bunting deflected Jakob Chychrun's slap shot from the right point to put the Coyotes up 3-2 at the 4-minute mark.

That was Bunting's seventh goal in just 10 games this season.

Binnington stopped a Phil Kessel breakaway to keep the Blues within a goal, but they failed to tie the game while playing 6-on-5 with an empty net in the final two minutes.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
St. Louis   Arizona
Sammy Blais 1 Points Michael Bunting 1
Sammy Blais 1 Goals Michael Bunting 1
Vince Dunn 1 Assists Jakob Chychrun 1
Tyler Bozak 1 Power Play Goals Clayton Keller 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jordan Binnington .897 Save Percentage Darcy Kuemper .909
Jordan Binnington 26 Saves Darcy Kuemper 20
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
St. Louis 22 2 1-1 2-3 6 30
Arizona 29 3 1-3 0-1 2 23
Upcoming Games
  • Arizona will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .480 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Blues have a W/L % of .526 after a win and .348 after a loss.