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Crombeen leads Blues past Coyotes

GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) -- B.J. Crombeen scored twice, Chris

Mason made 28 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Phoenix

Coyotes, 5-1, Tuesday to inch closer to the playoffs.

The Blues, who have not made the playoffs since 2004, won for

the seventh time in nine games to move two points ahead of

Nashville for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western

Conference. The Predators lost 4-2 in Chicago.

Keith Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Brad Winchester also

scored for St. Louis, which completed its first-ever season

sweep against the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise.

St. Louis scored four straight goals after falling behind 1-0 on

Scottie Upshall's tally 6:14 into the game.

Crombeen tied the game 1-1 at 11:00 of the first period when his

wrist shot from the right circle slid between Ilya Bryzgalov's

pads and trickled across the goal line.

The goal was Crombeen's first since February 16, a span of 23

games.

Winchester made it 2-1 just 17 seconds into the second period

when he one-timed a pass from Tkachuk from in front of the net.

Tkachuk scored at 8:13 when he took control of a loose puck in

front of the Coyotes goal and beat Bryzgalov from the bottom of

the left faceoff circle.

Crombeen scored with 13.7 seconds left in the second and David

Perron stepped out of the penalty box and scored on a breakaway

off a long outlet from T.J. Oshie with 11:33 to play.

Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 21 shots before giving way to

rookie Al Montoya, who surrendered Perron's goal on the first

shot he faced.

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