Coyotes beat Blues 4-1, take Pacific lead

By R.b. Fallstrom

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 6 2012 8:25 p.m. MDT

Phoenix Coyotes' Keith Yandle, right, is congratulated by teammate Daymond Langkow (22) after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Friday, April 6, 2012, in St. Louis.

Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Mike Smith made 31 saves in another stingy start, helping the Phoenix Coyotes take the Pacific Division lead with a 4-1 victory over the suddenly beatable St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

Patrik Berglund's rebound goal in the first period ended Smith's shutout streak at 234:25 and tied it at 1, but Smith was perfect the rest of the way. The Coyotes won their fourth in a row and extended the Blues' season-worst winless streak to four games in St. Louis' home finale.

Keith Yandle, Radim Vrbata, Shane Doan and Mikkel Boedker scored for Phoenix, and Antoine Vermette had two assists. The Coyotes, who've won the last four by a combined 14-1, can win the first division title in franchise history with a victory in the regular-season finale Saturday night at Minnesota.

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