Coyotes close out 7-game series with 1-0 win over Blues

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes gained Sport 7 and will not move on to the subsequent spherical.

Bizarre as it seems, that is life in a pandemic-altered NHL year.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots, Clayton Keller scored and the Coyotes shut out their 7-game collection from the St. Louis Blues with a one- get Monday.

“It was a exciting collection,” Keller reported. “Almost each game was restricted and it experienced a playoff-like ambiance. It was a stage in the right route and we lastly get to play a further staff.”

The shifting dynamics of enjoying hockey in a pandemic led to the Blues and Coyotes enjoying 7 straight online games from every single other, a very first in NHL or NBA normal-year history.

The groups split the very first six online games, and the Coyotes were being at their shutdown finest in Sport 7.

Keller scored in the 2nd period of time. Kuemper, building his fifth get started in the collection, acquired his very first shutout this year and No. 19 for his occupation.

“If you are heading to get in the playoffs, you’ve acquired to get unsightly online games,” Coyotes mentor Rick Tocchet reported. “The puck was bouncing a little bit tonight, it was a mucking variety of game. You’ve acquired to get these online games, close them out, and we did.”

The Blues experienced been on a roll since the collection shifted to the desert, scoring 8 aims in two online games. They bogged down in the finale, not able to get quite a few superior scoring likelihood or solve Kuemper.

Jordan Binnington experienced eighteen saves for St. Louis.

“We’ve acquired to locate a way to make some superior likelihood,” Blues heart Ryan O’Reilly reported. “I felt we were being to the outside too considerably, just capturing and not really obtaining superior seems.”

Dwelling ice was not been considerably of an edge in this 7-game collection.

St. Louis gained the very first game at dwelling, but the Coyotes gained the subsequent a few and the Blues gained the very first two in the desert.

Kuemper and Binnington were being sharp just after obtaining Saturday’s game off, every single building some rough saves in the very first period of time.

Arizona’s Derick Brassard was the closest to breaking by in the very first when a wraparound attempt popped up and hit Binnington on the back again in advance of bouncing absent.

St. Louis ramped up the pressure to get started the 2nd period of time, but the Coyotes scored when Keller beat Binnington on the glove facet from the remaining circle for his fifth of the year.

The Blues saved buzzing in the period of time and Kuemper manufactured some difficult saves, shutting them down through a five-on-three energy play. Conor Garland almost put the Coyotes up 2- late in the period of time just after a slick move, but he hit the far publish.

Kuemper manufactured a superior positional help you save halfway by the third period of time, sliding above to end Vince Dunn on an odd-guy hurry, and a further just after the Blues pulled Binnington with a minute remaining.

“There was not a entire ton of home on both facet tonight,” Blues heart Brayden Schenn reported. “Didn’t get the outcome tonight and I believe for each groups, we’re wanting forward to moving on and enjoying various groups.


Keller grew up in Chesterfield, Missouri, so he has a strong link to the Blues. He also appears to be to play his finest from his hometown staff.

Keller has five aims and ten assists from the Blues, the most points he has scored from any NHL staff.

“It’s the little points, particulars, enjoying superior protection,” he reported. “Toc constantly says situational hockey and I believe we did a superior task of that tonight.”


Arizona defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson missed his 2nd straight game owing to an upper-overall body damage suffered Friday from the Blues. Forward Drake Caggiula missed his fourth straight game with a decreased-overall body damage, but has begun skating again and could return quickly.

Blues defenseman Torey Krug suffered an upper-overall body damage in the third period of time and did not return

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The Coyotes host the Los Angeles Kings in the very first of two online games on Thursday.