ST. LOUIS (AP) — Richard Panik and Vinnie Hinostroza scored to help the Arizona Coyotes beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Tuesday.
Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves just one night after he allowed four goals on 16 shots before he was pulled during the second period of Arizona’s 7-1 loss in Chicago. He has won 10 of his last 12 starts to improve to 23-16-5 this season.
The Coyotes have won 12 of 16 to move one point ahead of Minnesota for the final Western Conference wild card.
Jaden Schwartz scored for St. Louis, and Jordan Binnington stopped 19 shots.
Arizona scored its first goal 65 seconds into the second period. Panik intercepted Binnington’s clearing attempt from behind the net and knocked it in for his 13th goal of the season.
Hinostroza made it 2-0 with his 12th goal 23 seconds into the third. Brad Richardson intercepted a pass from Oskar Sundqvist inside the St. Louis zone and fed it to Hinostroza, who wristed the puck over Binnington.
Schwartz scored a power-play goal with 1:11 left to give St. Louis a chance. Schwartz’s seventh goal of the season snapped a streak of eight consecutive games without registering a point.
Arizona put it away when Oliver Ekman-Larsson added an empty-net goal with 22 seconds remaining.
NOTES: Blues D Joel Edmundson departed with a lower-body injury midway through the second period. ... The Blues have scored two or fewer goals in eight of their last 10 games. ... Arizona improved to 5-19-1 in its last 25 games versus St. Louis.
Coyotes: Host Anaheim to open a two-game homestand Thursday.
Blues: At Ottawa to start a three-game road trip Thursday.