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Ekman-Larsson lifts Coyotes over Blues 3-2 in OT

Created: 11/13/2013 12:05 AM WHEC.com

(AP) ST. LOUIS - Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored 56 seconds into overtime and Mike Smith made 37 saves to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Ekman-Larsson, who had an assist on Phoenix’s first goal, took a pass from Mike Ribeiro and beat goalie Jaroslav Halak with a shot from just inside the blue line.

Smith had faced the most shots of any NHL goalie coming into the game (516). He saw another 39 in this one, including 13 in the third period.

David Moss and Mikkel Boedker had the other Phoenix goals.

Maxim Lapierre and Roman Polak scored for the Blues. Halak made 16 saves.

Alexander Steen had an assist to extend the longest active point streak in the NHL to 11 games. Steen, who has 10 goals and four assists during that stretch, has the longest scoring streak for a St. Louis player since Keith Tkachuk went 12 games in 2002-03.

The Blues trailed 2-1 going into the third period, but tied it at 2:49 when Steen found Polak sneaking in from the right point and hit him with a cross-ice pass. Polak beat Smith high with a shot from the circle.

Lapierre gave the Blues a 1-0 advantage when he tipped home Jay Bouwmeester’s shot from the point 5:53 into the game. Moss tied it 2:56 later when he beat Halak with a wrist shot from the right circle.

With less than minute remaining in the first period, Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk got caught pinching in, leading to a 3-on-1 break. Boedker took advantage when he converted a centering pass from Rob Klinkhammer with 31 seconds left in the period to give the Coyotes the lead.

NOTES: Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal, who was tied for the team lead with 14 points, was a late scratch due to an undisclosed illness and is day to day. ... Steen played his 300th game with the Blues. ... Phoenix is 8-0-0 when leading after one period.



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