Coyotes Squeak Out Win Vs. Blues In Low Scoring Affair

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Coyotes Scratch Out Close 2-1 Win Against Visiting Blues

In pretty much every way possible, Tuesday's win for the Coyotes was exactly what you'd expect from them. 

With a formula of a little bit of offense, a lot of defense, a Paul Bissonnette fight, and an outstanding performance from Ilya Bryzgalov, the Coyotes were able to scratch out a win against one of the Western Conference's bottom feeders, the St. Louis Blues.

Despite getting outshot, allowing 30 to the Blues, the Coyotes were able to capitalize just enough to earn the 2-1 win, but it wasn't without its drama.

The first period didn't start off entirely in Phoenix's favor. Bissonnette fought Ryan Reaves early on, a fight which saw Reaves get some good licks in, though it was Biz Nasty who took him to the ground. It would be the first of two fights for big Bissonnette, who also took on Tyson Strachan later on in this one.

Later in the period, the Blues would strike first. Kevin Shattenkirk found some room in the slot and took a pass from Chris Stewart, flipping it past Bryz for the 1-0 lead.

It would be the only goal Bryzgalov would allow, as he had the crease on lock for the majority of the remainder of the game.

The Yotes would climb back into it, and then some, in the second period. They can thank Lauri Korpikoski for that, who helped the Coyotes with both his skill and a miscue.

Korpikoski tried to take a pass in front of Jaroslav Halak and rip it, but missed the puck, leaving it flailing over to Ray Whitney. The veteran forward then backhanded it in for the equalizer.

Later in the second, Korpy would make up for it. Taking a pass from David Schlemko, Korpikoski ripped one nearly from the blue line that sailed past Halak for the 2-1 lead.

It's a lead that the Coyotes would not relinquish, but came as close to losing it as a St. Louis shot that deflected off the post in the game's waning seconds.

The next contest for the Yotes provides them with a chance for a bit of revenge. Phoenix's penalty kill was decimated in their 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets back at the end of February.

They can make up for that on Thursday, when they welcome Columbus to the desert.


Homestand Continues As Coyotes Host Struggling St. Louis Blues

After a disappointing loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, the Phoenix Coyotes will put their nose to the grindstone and attempt to grab a win when they host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Tuesday marks the second game of a six-game homestand, but promises to be the first true homegame, after Blackhawk fans ruled Arena for the better part of Sunday's game.

That game saw the Hawks control the puck and the pace throughout, while the Coyotes struggled to create much offensively. Their lone goal in the 2-1 loss came on a shot from Eric Belanger that deflected off of Nick Leddy.

The Coyotes will be hosting a Blues team that started the season strong, but has fallen off since. Heading into Tuesday, the Blues have lost three of four, including Saturday's 5-3 loss to San Jose, which didn't help the Coyotes.

The loss on Sunday was the Coyotes' first loss in five games, and the first time in seven games that Phoenix failed to notch a point.

It comes as no surprise that it will be Ilya Bryzgalov between the pipes for the Yotes on Tuesday. Despite the loss, Bryz was named the game's First Star. He's won two of the three times he has started against St. Louis this season.

After spending the last few weeks marred by injury, the Coyotes are finally getting healthy, with Martin Hanzal remaining as the only significant injury remaining, outside of Ed Jovanovski. Hanzal has been out with a lower body injury and was listed as questionable for Tuesday's game.

A win would plant the Coyotes just a single point back of the idle Sharks. The Coyotes will look to avoid one of their losing streaks that has often followed a win streak this season.

With the puck slated for a 7 PM drop local time, be sure to check in on Five For Howling for the in-game updates. 

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