GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The new-look NHL wants a high-scoring
game, and it got one in Arizona on Tuesday night.
Nedved's second goal of the season came after goalie Patrick
Lalime blocked Zybnek Michalek's shot from deep in the left circle.
"I was in front of the net," Nedved said, "and that's where
usually a lot of good things happen."
The score capped a wild night that saw eight goals in the second
and third period.
"I think that's all part of the new NHL," said the Coyotes'
Mike Johnson, who scored his first goal of the season. "You see a
lot more leads lost in the league this year than you did in years
past. It's just a little bit harder to sit back and protect leads
with the penalties that they call."
Jamal Mayers scored twice for the Blues, who have lost three in
a row by one goal, two of them in overtime.
"Basically, we keep shooting ourselves in the foot," St. Louis
coach Mike Kitchen said. "We get a lead and we don't know how to
protect it, then we make a mistake and it's in our net."
Mike Comrie, who sat out the Coyotes' game Sunday against
Anaheim as a healthy scratch, had a goal and two assists.
"I realize that as a professional athlete you can't take things
for granted," Comrie said. "You have to work hard every game and
play within the system. When you do that, success happens as a
Mayers' second goal at 10:50 of the third, on a shot that
bounced off goalie David LeNeveu into the net, put St. Louis up
4-3. But Ladislav Nagy, who used to play for St. Louis, scored on a
backhander on a power play at 11:56 to tie it at 4.
Johnson's first goal of the season, on a power-play rebound of
Hoggan's shot, tied it at 2 with 3:53 left in the period. Hoggan
then stole the puck from the Coyotes' Derek Morris and scored on a
breakaway to put the Blues ahead for the first time, 3-2 with 3:35
left in the second.
Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky praised the "go-to" players on his
team for coming through, something that hasn't happened often.
"The success of professional sports teams always hinges on the
guys that are go-to guys," he said. "It was like that when I
played. I understand the amount of pressure that they're under and
sometimes you're pressing a little too much. The skill of those
guys came forward."
The Coyotes opened the scoring 32 seconds into the second
St. Louis tied it on Mayers' one-timer from just inside the left
circle at 4:46, and Mike Johnson put the Coyotes back in front
midway through the period.
Comrie tied it at 3 at 2:47 of third with his first goal of the
The Coyotes outshot the Blues 5-0 in the overtime. ... The
Phoenix goalie Curtis Joseph, one shy of his 400th career victory,
had the night off but will be back in the net for Thursday night's
home game against Calgary. ... St. Louis opened a three-game road
trip. ... The Blues killed eight of nine penalties to improve to
28-of-32 for the game.