Coyotes 3, Blues 0


ST. LOUIS – Curtis Joseph made 40 saves for his fourth shutout and the Phoenix Coyotes ended their season by blanking the St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Sunday night.

Joseph, who recorded his 47th career shutout, still ranks second all time in Blues history in wins (137), games played (280) and minutes (15,987). He finished with a 32-21-3 record in his first season with the Coyotes and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Shane Doan scored his career-high 30th goal and Joel Perrault added his first career goal. Mike Johnson tallied the third goal for the Coyotes, who are undefeated in their last seven season finalies (5-0-2).

Sunday’s loss put an end to a miserable home campaign for the Blues, who tied a franchise record previously set in 1977-78 for the fewest home wins in a season with 12. The Blues have lost 17 of their last 18 overall and remain tied with Pittsburgh for the fewest points (56) with one game remaining. St. Louis has yet to win a game it trailed after two periods (0-37).

The Blues outshot the Coyotes 19-9 in the first period, but in a microcosm of the team’s season, still managed to fall behind 1-0. Doan got the only goal of the period when he broke in 2-on-1 with Steven Reinprecht. He put Reinprecht’s centering pass by Blues goalie Jason Bacashihua at the 11:39 mark.

Phoenix then put the game away with two goals early in the second period. Johnson scored at 4:35 when he made a wrist shot from the high slot. Perrault capped the scoring when he broke in alone and beat Bacashihua at 9:26 of the period with a wrist shot to the top shelf.

Notes: With one game remaining, Scott Young leads the Blues with 17 goals and 48 points, both of which would be franchise record lows for a team leader in those categories. The previous low-water marks were 21 goals by Christian Bordeleau in 1970-71, and 51 points by Red Berenson in the team’s inaugural season in 1967-68. … Doan’s previous career high was 27 goals in 2003-04. … Dean McAmmond, who was acquired by the Blues to provide some offense, has not scored a goal since Feb. 4, a span of 28 games.

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