Kyrou, Kostin score 2 apiece in 2nd as Blues top Coyotes 7-4

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jordan Kyrou had two goals and two assists, and the St. Louis Blues scored five times in a 5:07 span of the second period for a 7-4 victory over Arizona in the Coyotes’ home opener Monday night.

Kyrou and Klim Kostin had two goals apiece during the second-period flurry, which began when Justin Faulk scored on a power play to tie it 2-all at 11:10 after goalie Carter Hutton lost his stick during a scramble in the crease.

Kyrou scored his first goal after a Coyotes giveaway at 12:46 to give the Blues a 3-2 lead, and Kostin got two goals 47 seconds apart to make it 5-2 as Arizona had trouble getting the puck out of its own end.

Hutton was pulled for Karel Vejmelka after Kyrou skated in alone to cap the scoring burst for a 6-2 lead at 16:17.

Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel and Shayne Gostisbehere added three assists apiece for the Coyotes, who are winless in three games under new coach André Tourigny in his first NHL season.

Pavel Buchnevich and Ivan Barbashev also scored for the Blues, who have won the first two games of a season-opening three-game road trip.

Christian Fischer and Ilya Lyubushkin scored three minutes apart midway through the third period as the Coyotes closed to 6-4, but Barbashev’s goal four minutes later closed the door.

The Coyotes are winless in their first three games for the first time since 2017-18, when they opened 0-10-1.

Jordan Binnington made 22 saves for the Blues. Hutton stopped 15 of 21 shots.

Kessel has played in 903 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in league history and the third-longest active streak.

Buchnevich was given a five-minute major penalty and ejected with 1:07 remaining in the first period for headbutting Lawson Crouse, whose goal gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead early in the second.


Blues: Play at Vegas on Wednesday. They have not opened with three straight on the road since 2006.

Coyotes: Host the Edmonton Oilers and two-time NHL MVP Connor McDavid on Wednesday. McDavid was the unanimous winner of Hart Trophy in 2021.


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Jack Magruder, The Associated Press

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