Coyotes rally past Blues, end losing streak at five

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes rallied from two goals down to end their losing streak at five with a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Michael Bunting scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period for the Coyotes (20-20-5), who went 5-2-1 against St. Louis this season. Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves in his return after missing the previous 19 games with a lower-body injury.

Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the Blues (19-18-6), who fell one point behind the Coyotes for fourth place in the Honda West Division with two games in hand. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Bunting gave the Coyotes a 3-2 lead at 4:00 of the third period when he deflected Jakob Chychrun‘s slap shot from the right point. Bunting, who has scored seven goals in 10 games this season, was playing his first home game in the NHL.

Sammy Blais gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 1:23 of the first period on the Blues’ second shot of the game. He beat Kuemper blocker side with a wrist shot from the top of right face-off circle.

Tyler Bozak scored a power-play goal off his own rebound at 8:14 of the first to push the lead to 2-0.

Alex Goligoski cut it to 2-1 at 1:41 of the second period. Nick Schmaltz forced a turnover by Blues forward Brayden Schenn below the goal line and fed Goligoski for a one-timer from the high slot. Goligoski, a defenseman, has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his past 13 games.

Clayton Keller tied it 2-2 with a shot from the right circle over the glove of Binnington on the power play at 10:34 of the second. The Blues have been outscored 53-36 in the second period this season.

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