Halak's 33 Saves Lift Blues Over Coyotes
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak made a season-high 34 saves, and the St. Louis Blues snapped a season-worst, three-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.
The Blues improved to 15-3-2 at home with their seventh win there in eight games. They are tied with Detroit for most home wins (15).
Chris Stewart and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals for St. Louis, which improved to 16-5-5 since Ken Hitchcock replaced fired coach Davis Payne on Nov. 6. T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund added goals for the Blues.
Halak improved to 5-0-3 in his last eight starts. He is 8-7-5 this season, rebounding from a 1-6 start.
Mike Smith (15-11-3) made 27 saves for Phoenix after missing six games with a groin injury. Radim Vrbata scored his team-leading 19th goal late in the second period for the Coyotes.