Faulk scores two goals for Blues in win against Coyotes


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Justin Faulk had two goals and an assist for the St. Louis Blues in a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Friday.

Faulk scored his second goal with 6:55 remaining in the third period to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead. Jordan Kyrou chased down a loose puck to avoid an icing, skated into the left face-off circle, and made a backhand pass to Faulk in the slot.

Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Binnington made 24 saves for the Blues (8-4-2).

Johan Larsson scored his first goal with the Coyotes (6-6-1), and Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves.

It was the fifth of seven consecutive games between the teams because of schedule changes due to NHL COVID-19 protocols. The first four were played in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 on Feb. 2 before losing three in a row, 4-3 on Feb. 4, 3-1 on Saturday and 4-3 in a shootout Monday.

The Blues and Coyotes are scheduled to play here again Saturday and Monday.

Faulk gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead with a slap shot above the circles on the power play at 2:28 of the first period.

Larsson tied it 1-1 when he scored off the rebound of a Jordan Oesterle shot from the point at 8:44 of the second period. It was the first goal scored by Arizona’s fourth line this season.

Conor Garland scored for the Coyotes with 1:08 left in the second period, but Blues coach Craig Berube challenged for offside, and the goal was overturned after video review showed Arizona forward Christian Fischer did not legally tag up at the blue line prior to Ilya Lyubushkin entering the zone with the puck with 1:21 remaining.

Ivan Barbashev scored into an empty net to make it 3-1 with 1:08 remaining, and Schenn’s empty-net goal with 25 seconds left made it 4-1.

Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson didn’t play after the first period because of an upper-body injury.

Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist left late in the third period after he was hit into the boards.

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