Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) – Ray Whitney posted the hat trick and recorded a season-high five points as Phoenix got past St. Louis, 5-3.
Ilya Bryzgalov was solid for the win, making 35 saves.
Andy McDonald scored a goal and picked up a pair of helpers for the Blues, who have dropped three in a row.
In the second period, Whitney’s first goal of the year put Phoenix on top by a 2-1 count. The goal happened by accident, as an attempted clearing pass by Blues defenseman Nicholas Drazenovic was redirected into the net. Backes responded for St. Louis on a power play at 7:52.
The Coyotes tacked on two more, as Whitney struck on the power play after the midway point of the stanza on a shot that trickled through Conklin’s pads, and Hanzal’s marker while the Coyotes had the advantage at 15:03 made it a two- goal game.
Boyes brought the Blues to 4-3 with 1:48 left in regulation, and though Conklin was pulled for an extra skater with 1:27 to go, Whitney sealed the win and capped his big night by hitting the empty net with 24 seconds to play.
Vrbata’s power-play score — a tip-in from a Keith Yandle offering — a little more than five minutes into the contest put the Coyotes on the board. McDonald countered at even strength on a backhander for the Blues at the 14:10 mark.
Whitney’s last trifecta came on March 6, 2009 in a 6-1 Carolina win over Calgary. His last five-point night occurred on February 8, 2007 — also a three-goal, two-assist game — as Carolina beat Boston, 5-2…After Vernon Fiddler’s hat trick in Friday’s game with Calgary, it marked the second time since the team moved to Phoenix and the fourth time in Jets/Coyotes franchise lore that the club has seen back-to-back three-goal efforts…Jeremy Roenick was the last player to do so, scoring three on consecutive nights on November 25-26, 1999 against New Jersey and Colorado. Ed Olczyk and Teemu Selanne turned the trick on December 12-15, 1995 to Montreal and Edmonton, and Selanne also notched two straight hat tricks on February 28-March 2, 1993 against Minnesota and Quebec…Vrbata’s power-play goal snapped the Blues’ streak of 22 straight penalties killed…Attendance was a sparse 9,412.