GLENDALE, Ariz. — The St. Louis Blues clicked it all, scoring goals and closing shooting lanes while building a pair of three-goal leads.
Then they got complacent.
St. Louis still managed to pull off a 5-4 win over one of the NHL’s worst teams in overtime, but games like the one on Saturday night won’t work when the playoffs begin.
Justin Faulk scored his second goal 30 seconds into overtime against the Arizona Coyotes to extend the Blues’ franchise-record scoring streak to 15 games.
“We have to make hard plays, defend well, check, do the right thing with the puck, use our speed, that’s all,” Blues coach Craig Berube said.
The Blues wrapped up the first guaranteed playoff series with a win over San Jose on Thursday, setting up a first-round game with Minnesota. Home-field advantage has yet to be decided, so every point counts in the final five games of the regular season.
The Blues looked set to clinch their 10th win in 11 games, building to 3-0, 4-1 leads. Instead of pushing forward, they sat on their heels.
The Coyotes took advantage of this, resuming their way early in the third period, 4-3, on goals from Bokondji Imama and Michael Carcone 46 seconds apart.
JJ Moser tied the game with just under five minutes left, but Faulk finished it off quickly in overtime, beating Harri Sateri to tie St. Louis with Minnesota for second place in the Central Division with 107 points.
Logan Brown, Ivan Barbashev and Brandon Saad scored for St. Louis, which is 13-0-2 in its last 15 games. Jordan Binnington made 16 saves while making consecutive starts for the first time since early January.
“Ideally, I wouldn’t have liked to come to this situation,” Faulk said. “Not too happy with our third half, to be honest.”
The Coyotes struggled with injuries in their first season under coach André Tourigny, but continue to fight back and rebuild. Arizona played a strong second period after falling in the first three-base hole and dominated for streaks in the third before narrowly missing.
Nate Smith also scored and Sateri stopped 27 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost 10 straight shots (0-8-2).
“There’s a lot to be happy about, but at the same time it’s a bit frustrating,” said Tourigny. “We lost the game, but there’s a lot to be proud of.”
The NHL’s fourth-highest scoring team was quick to turn things up, scoring 3:13 when Faulk beat Sateri through a screen.
Barbashev scored 2 1/2 minutes later, hitting a rebound off a Faulk shot that went through Sateri’s pads. Saad made it 3-0 late in the first period, giving Sateri a loose puck on the power play.
Binnington made a few tough saves in the first half, including one on Loui Eriksson’s breakaway, but had no chance when Smith redirected Anton Stralman’s late shot from the slot.
Brown scored on a rebound in the second period, but the Blues fell flat afterwards.
Imama scored his first career NHL goal on a rebound after St. Louis returned it near the blue line. Carcone made it a one-goal game right after that, timing a short pass from Stralman past Binnington.
Moser tied it on a shot that Binnington couldn’t see through traffic, but Binnington made big saves late in regulation to set up Faulk’s overtime winner.
“We struggled to create attack and we found a way, we found our rhythm and we had more cohesion,” Tourigny said. “Our forecheck was good, a few more pucks in the net. There are a lot of positives, there is a lot to build around this game.
Coyotes F Andrew Ladd did not play due to a lower body injury. Arizona recalled F Jan Jenik from Tucson of the AHL to take his place on the roster. … Blues C Brayden Schenn and D Torey Krug did not play due to upper-body injuries. Alexei Toropchenko returned after missing four games with a lower body injury. … Robert Thomas (15) and Pacel Buchnevich (12) of St. Louis each had long scoring streaks.
St. Louis: In Anaheim on Sunday.
Arizona: At Minnesota on Tuesday.