Coyotes defeat Blues, win consecutive games for first time this season


ST. LOUISJakob Chychrun scored twice to help the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist, and Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for the Coyotes (5-5-1), who won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Robert Thomas scored before leaving with an upper-body injury, and Ville Husso made 16 saves for the Blues (7-4-1), who have lost two straight for the first time this season.

The teams played the third of four straight games against each other in St. Louis. Arizona was originally scheduled to play the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and Sunday, when St. Louis was scheduled to play the Colorado Avalanche.

Wild games are postponed through Feb. 9, and Avalanche games are postponed through Feb. 11 due to COVID-19 protocol issues with each team.

The games Saturday and Monday were rescheduled from March 29 and 31.

The Blues won the opener of this series, 4-3, on Tuesday, before the Coyotes took the second game by the identical score on Thursday. The teams will close out the series here on Monday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-A, NHL.TV).

Keller scored a power-play goal for the Coyotes to give them a 2-1 lead at 10:44 when he skated past Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist and slipped a puck through Husso’s pads.

The Coyotes scored the first goal of the game for the third time in this series when Chychrun made it 1-0 at 2:50 of the first period on Arizona’s first shot, but Thomas tied it 1-1 75 seconds later on a backhand from below the goal line.

Chychrun scored an empty-net goal with 26 seconds remaining to make it a 3-1 final.

Thomas left the game with 10:24 remaining in the period after falling in his left wrist after being tripped by Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz and did not return.

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