The Blues are quickly climbing out of a large hole they created against the Pacific Division, and on Tuesday the credit belonged to their goaltending.
In the first season of the NHL’s new realignment, the Blues celebrated victory after just one of their first eight games against the Pacific. But with Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Phoenix, the club improved to 6-6-3 versus the division.
Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves — some spectacular — as the Blues opened a three-game homestand with their fifth consecutive win at Scottrade Center in front of a crowd of 16,571.
Apparently, the team expected to handle Phoenix with relative ease. The Coyotes came to town losers of five of their last six games, including a 5-1 defeat at Winnipeg on Monday. But after arriving in St. Louis after 2 a.m., they played the Blues to a one-goal finish and had the upper hand in the third period.
“This is a game where our goalie saved us,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We wanted to play a different game tha...