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Perron, McClement help Blues edge Coyotes

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- David Perron and Jay McClement both scored

in the second period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1

victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

Chris Mason made 24 saves and the Blues killed off three

penalties en route to their third win in the last five games.

"We're moving in the right direction," McClement said. "It's a

good sign that we kind of found a way to win, because we haven't

done so nearly enough."

After captain Shane Doan's 23rd goal of the season put the

Coyotes on top in the first period, Perron and McClement found

the net within two minutes of each other late in the second

period before Mason took over in the third.

Perron's goal was one Ilya Bryzgalov would like to have back.

After accepting a feed from Jeff Woywitka at center ice, Perron

dumped the puck toward the Coyotes' net. Bryzgalov, who

finished with 22 saves, was kneeling down in the crease when the

puck bounced over his right pad and skidded inside the left post

to knot the game at 1-1.

"That's the luckiest goal I've ever had," Perron said. "We'll

take it right now. It took so long to happen I thought someone

else scored, I had no idea what happened at all. All I know is

that the game seemed different after that."

"I moved over to knock down the puck and then didn't go with

it," Bryzgalov said. "My bad."

Mason, who watched as the Blues peppered Bryzgalov with 15 shots

in the second, talked about the lucky break.

"You see the puck land and it's so unpredictable how it

bounces," Mason said. "As a goaltender, you feel for him. But

on the other hand, it was a great break for us."

David Backes took a four minute double minor penalty 83 seconds

later, but St. Louis took advantage when McClement received a

pass from T.J. Oshie and led a rush up the right side.

McClement paused at the right faceoff circle and wristed a shot

past Bryzgalov on the glove side.

"I think any one can get in on a play like that with the right

players," McClement said. "I was a little bit relaxed. There

wasn't any back pressure coming because of the way the play


The Coyotes entered the game looking to tie a season high with

their third straight win, but instead fell to 3-10-0 since the

All-Star break.

"I thought we did a lot of really good, positive things,"

Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "But we need to capitalize on

the power play. We can't accept them getting a shorthanded goal

when your power play doesn't get anything."

Phoenix, which was not penalized at all in this game, is now

just two points out of last place in the Western Conference.



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