Boyd scores twice in 3rd period, Coyotes beat Blues 6-2

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Travis Boyd had two goals and an assist in the third period, Karel Vejmelka stopped 25 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the St. Louis Blues 6-2 on Tuesday night.

The Coyotes got off to a shaky start, giving up a breakaway for the first of Pavel Buchnevich's two goals, but Vejmelka kept them in it with a series of spectacular saves.

Christian Fischer and Nick Schmaltz scored to give Arizona a 2-1 lead and Boyd put it away with his two third-period goals. Clayton Keller added a goal and two assists, and Lawson Crouse also scored to give the Coyotes 16 goals in three games against St. Louis this season.

Buchnevich scored his second goal in the third period and Jordan Binnington had 36 saves for the Blues, who have lost eight of nine.

The Coyotes gave up 15 combined goals in their previous three games and found themselves in another hole against the Blues.

Arizona had two early icing calls during long shifts in its own end and Buchnevich took advantage of a breakaway, beating Vejmelka to the glove side for his 10th point in six games.

The Coyotes snapped out of it after that, scoring midway through the first period when a pass by Connor Mackey caromed hard off the backboards to the other side of the goal. Fischer easily put it into an empty net with Binnington out of position.

Arizona had more defensive breakdowns to start the second period, giving up a couple of breakaways. Vejmelka stuffed both, blocking Brandon Saad, then making a spectacular glove save on Robert Thomas on a 2-on-0.

The Coyotes gave up another breakaway, this time while on a power play, but Vejmelka stopped Thomas again. Schmaltz scored before the power play ended, beating Binnington from a sharp angle on a cross-crease pass from Barrett Hayton.

Boyd made it 3-1 early in the third period, taking a short pass from Keller and flipping a backhander past Binnington.

Buchnevich scored midway through the third period, lifting a backhander over Vejmelka's stick shoulder. Boyd pushed the lead back to two goals by punching in a rebound for his first multi-goal game and 100th career point.

NOTES: Coyotes F Liam O'Brien did not play due to illness. ... St. Louis F Jake Neighbours missed his seventh straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Coyotes F Brett Ritchie has yet to join the team due to visa issues since being traded from Calgary on Friday in a deal that included his brother going to the Flames. ... The Blues are 2 for 34 on the power play in the past nine games after going 0 for 6 against Arizona.


St. Louis: Hosts San Jose on Thursday.

Arizona: Hosts Nashville on Thursday.


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John Marshall, The Associated Press