Blues defeat Coyotes on Hoffman OT goal


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Mike Hoffman scored 1:49 into overtime after setting up Jordan Kyrou for the tying goal in the third period, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-4 at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Ivan Barbashev had a goal and an assist, and Ville Husso made 32 saves for St. Louis (9-4-2), which defeated Arizona 4-1 on Friday.

Antti Raanta made 29 saves for Arizona (6-6-2).

The Blues have won three of six consecutive games against the Coyotes because of NHL schedule changes due to NHL COVID-19 protocols. The teams will play a seventh straight game against each other here Monday.

Kyrou tied the game 4-4 at 14:23 on a rush after Coyotes defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin fell down in the neutral zone.

Dryden Hunt scored at 11:23 to put Arizona up 4-3. It was his first goal with the Coyotes and first in the NHL since March 28, 2019, with the Florida Panthers.

Nick Schmaltz scored 1:50 into the third to tie it 3-3.

Barbashev gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead when he scored off the rebound of a Ryan O’Reilly shot at 7:09 of the second period.

Conor Garland scored 21 seconds into the game to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. It was the second-fastest goal since the Coyotes relocated from Winnipeg to Arizona for the 1996-97 season (Martin Hanzal, 15 seconds, Dec. 1, 2016, against Los Angeles Kings).

Kyle Clifford tied it 1-1 at 5:46, and Zach Sanford scored with a wrist shot off Barbashev’s pass from below the goal line to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead at 13:22.

Barrett Hayton tied it 2-2 at 5:27 of the second with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle.

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