Indianapolis Star
National Hockey League
Arizona 4, St. Louis 3
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 4, 2021
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Garrett Rank
Linesmen: Tyson Baker, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: N/A

Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak each had a goal and an assist as the visiting Arizona Coyotes held off the St. Louis Blues 4-3 Thursday night.

Nick Schmaltz and Tyler Pitlick also scored for the Coyotes, and Jordan Oesterle had two assists.

Antti Raanta made 40 saves in his second start of the season for Arizona. He entered the game with a 1.85 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in eight career starts against the Blues.

Mike Hoffman scored twice for the Blues, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped. Ryan O'Reilly also scored, David Perron had two assists and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves.

As they did Tuesday night, the Coyotes started fast and put the Blues on their heels. Arizona built an early 10-1 shots advantage.

Arizona took 1-0 lead as Pitlick broke to the net to convert a pass from Drake Caggiula and capitalize on sustained offensive zone pressure.

Arizona pushed its lead to 2-0 with 2:12 left in the first period when Garland broke in on Binnington, crossed the front of the goal and tried to reach the puck around him.

Binnington made the save, but he couldn't hold his skate on the right post -- and Schmaltz poked the loose puck into the net.

The Coyotes made it 3-0 after Jason Demers fired a shot off Binnington's glove. The puck landed behind Binnington in the crease and Garland got to it first.

With Binnington pulled for an extra attacker, Hoffman scored on a slap shot from the right point with 3:15 left to play. That triggered a frantic closing sequence.

Dvorak's empty-net goal restored Arizona's three-goal margin, but O'Reilly cut the lead to 4-2 with 1:11 left with Binnington off the ice again. Then Hoffman scored with 25 seconds left with the Blues playing 6-on-5 again.

Due to COVID-19 postponements elsewhere, the Blues will host the Coyotes again Saturday and Monday in rescheduled games.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Arizona   St. Louis
Christian Dvorak 2 Points Mike Hoffman 2
Christian Dvorak 1 Goals Mike Hoffman 2
Jordan Oesterle 2 Assists Torey Krug 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Antti Raanta .930 Save Percentage Jordan Binnington .897
Antti Raanta 40 Saves Jordan Binnington 26
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Arizona 30 4 0-2 4-4 8 20
St. Louis 43 3 0-4 2-2 4 32
Upcoming Games
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Blues have a W/L % of .429 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .667 after a loss.