Blues keep pace in Central with win against Coyotes
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 14:57
With the Blues trying to pile up points for a better playoff seed, this was the first of two games in three nights against the Coyotes.
There was a long stretch this season when Jaden Schwartz had to find satisfaction in ways other than scoring goals for the St. Louis Blues.
Arizona goalie Mike Smith recorded 24 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Blues in St. Louis Monday night. The Blues will try to make it 11-in-a-row when these two teams meet again on Wednesday in Phoenix.
Smith has had some bad luck as of late as he has lost four consecutive starts but owns a.923 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average.
"You learn from it", Schwartz said. "Guys go through slumps at different times in their careers". Arizona has gone 1-3-0 on its five-game road trip and has scored just three times in its last four losses - including a 3-0 setback against St. Louis on March 18. "He's playing with a ton of confidence right now", coach Mike Yeo told reporters. St. Louis also remained two points behind Calgary for the top wild-card spot after the Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Monday night.
"He's playing with a real objective", Yeo said of Yakupov. He had a chance for the hat trick on a three-on-one break in the cloing minutes of the game, but Steen was not able to get him the puck and Tarasenko ended up getting the goal.
Schwartz's third goal in four games came off a pass by Steen at 7:53 of the second period to put the Blues ahead 1-0.
"It was awesome of him to come up and say, 'Congrats on the first one here, '" Keller said.
"It was a really special moment getting to start, it's something I will remember forever", Keller said. "Great play by Steener to take it wide and I think there were two guys on Vladdy". A native of Swansea, Illinois, Keller finished with 14:09 of ice time. "A good team like that, we don't have that much room for error with some of those mistakes we were making and end up in the back of our net, and then you're chasing the game".