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Shootout studs

By Tyler Fulghum, Sports Director, tylerf@kmiz.com
Published On: Apr 18 2013 10:43:53 PM CDT
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Phoenix Coyotes' Antoine Vermette, left, controls the puck as St. Louis Blues' Jay Bouwmeester defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS -

Brian Elliott stopped all three chances in a shootout for the second straight game, bouncing back after a late goal denied him a fourth shutout this month, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night to step closer to a playoff berth.

Radim Vrbata's power-play goal tied it with 1:07 to go. The Coyotes, who were blanked 4-0 on Monday by the Sharks, capitalized on a boarding penalty against Blues captain David Backes.

Andy McDonald was the first to go in the shootout and got the only goal, beating Chad Johnson.

David Perron scored his first goal in 17 games for the offensively challenged Blues, who have scored two or fewer goals in 12 of their last 16 games. They've won 10 of those games thanks to tight defense and strong play in goal. They are 5-1 in shootouts.

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