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Blues keep it "simple" in 6-3 rout of Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Keeping things simple paid off for Patrik Berglund and the St. Louis Blues Thursday night.

Berglund scored two goals, and 10 St. Louis players finished with at least a point as the Blues beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3.

"It's going well for us right now," Berglund said. "I think we're sticking to some basic stuff, simple plays and getting the puck to the net and it's paying off."

Chris Stewart had a goal and two assists, Scott Nichol scored his first of the season, Vladimir Sobotka and Alex Pietrangelo also scored, and David Perron had four assists for the Blues, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

"We're really working on our neutral zone forecheck lately and having guys in the right places," Stewart said. "It really showed tonight."

David Moss, Shane Doan and Keith Yandle scored for the Coyotes, who have dropped two straight.

Berglund tied the game 2-2 at 5:47 of the second period, beating Mike Smith to his glove side after pouncing on a rebound that bounced high in the air and landed on the inside hashes of the right circle.

Less than two minutes later, Berglund took a pass from Perron on his skate, kicked it to his stick, spun away from the net and flipped a backhand shot over Smith for a 3-2 lead.

"I almost blacked out. I don't know what happened," Berglund said with a smile. "It was a really quick pick up and I turned around to try and protect it. I was getting closer and closer to the net so I just turned around and threw it backhand. I looked up and didn't really know where I was aiming."

St. Louis made it 4-2 at 10:23 when Jaden Schwartz stole the puck off Kyle Chipchura's stick, skated in front and made a short pass to the left to Nichol for a one-timer.

"Some of the turnovers are really concerning because it's the same people doing it in the same place and the same part," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett. "We'll continue to address it but if it doesn't get cleaned up, we'll have to try different options."

Sobotka and Pietrangelo scored in the final 14 minutes for the Blues.

Stewart opened the scoring at 13:07 of the first on a rebound from the bottom of the right circle off a shot by Pietrangelo.

"There were times, if you look at the game, where they're scoring goals with red jerseys around," Tippett said. "We're just not doing much. That's concerning."

Phoenix tied the game 1-1 at 18:54 of the opening period. Boyd Gordon took the puck off Pietrangelo's stick at the top of the Coyotes zone and passed ahead to a streaking Moss for a short-handed goal.

Doan gave Phoenix its first lead 41 seconds into the second following another turnover. Martin Hanzal wrested the puck from Barret Jackman and pushed a pass to Doan in the right circle. The goal put the Coyotes in front 2-1.

NOTES: After getting outscored 3-1 in the middle period Thursday, the Blues have been outscored 20-1 in the middle period since Feb. 1. ... Moss' short-handed goal was the Coyotes' first this season. ... Phoenix entered the game with only one power-play goal in its last 26 chances against St. Louis. The Coyotes' power play went 1-for-5 Thursday. ... Stewart's nine goals were tied for the Blues' team lead for less than a period, when Berglund scored his 10th and 11th. ... St. Louis G Jake Allen, in his second stint with the team, made 23 saves to earn the win. He posted a 3-1-0 record and a 2.62 goals-against average before returned to Peoria of the AHL. ... Pietrangelo played in his 200th career game. He entered with a goal and five assists in his previous five games against Phoenix. ... Pietrangelo began the night with 66 points since 2011-12, third among all NHL defensemen. ... Coyotes LW Paul Bissonnette reached the 200-game plateau. ... Phoenix RW Radim Vrbata missed his ninth straight game due to a lower-body injury.

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