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ST. LOUIS — Desperation and frustration permeated the St. Louis Blues‘ locker room after Thursday night’s loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.The Blues had blown their second straight two-goal lead in the 7-4 blowout Leon Draisaitl Jersey , drawing audible boos from what was left of the 17,068 in attendance at Enterprise Center as the players left the ice.It was a season high in goals allowed. Starting goalie Jake Allen was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals in 21 shots and backup Chad Johnson didn’t fare any better, allowing three goals in 16 shots.Article continues below ...“We’re giving up odd-man rushes; we’re giving up chances that just are uncharacteristic of this group,” Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “Small things make a difference in the game now, especially with the way every team is built, every team can score, so we’ve got to make sure we’re taking care of our end. I’m tired of leaving our goalies out to dry.”Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko went as far as apologizing to the fans.“It (stinks),” Tarasenko said. “If I had more English words I would explain this, but not much. It feels (bad) to be doing this in front of our fans. This is not the most fun time in our life and in my life personally. I don’t know if you can (stink) more and then you get out of it.”The Blues fell to 2-4-3 and are in last place in the Central Division.The locker room was closed for 23 minutes after Thursday’s game , but the players and head coach Mike Yeo declined to comment on what was discussed. It was clear that they are all feeling the heat.“I still believe that we’ll be looking back at this as a turning point,” Yeo said. “Heck, my job should be in question right now. Of course, that comes with the trade, but I’m not going to coach to save my job, I’m going to coach to win a Stanley Cup. I believe in this group.”The Blues hope to turn it around when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. It will be the third meeting already this season between the division rivals and the Blackhawks came away with overtime wins in the first two.The Blackhawks are coming off a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night. Chicago (6-2-2, 14 points) has won three of its last four.“Didn’t really give up too many chances or too much defensively,” Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane told “We played pretty rock solid. Two games in a row where we kind of stayed patient. … We had control of the play most of the time and it was nice to finish it off with a couple insurance goals.”Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz said the team did a good job of controlling play.“I think check pressure and swarming them right away when they get in the offensive zone,” Schmaltz told “Not giving them any zone time and then on offense I think we’re doing a good job spending time with the puck and making them play in their own end.” GLENDALE , Ariz. (AP) Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes look far different from the team that began the season with 11 straight losses. They’re also making things difficult for teams with postseason hopes.Raanta stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and the Coyotes scored three goals in the second period to beat the playoff-chasing St. Louis Blues 6-0 Saturday night.”The guys were helping me a lot and when I needed to make the save, I made it,” Raanta said.Four of the Coyotes’ goals came from defensemen, including Luke Schenn, who scored his first goal in his 61st game of the season. Schenn also energized a large crowd and his teammates with a powerful check of Blues forward Scottie Upshall early in the second period.Richard Panik added a goal just before the hit, and 28-win Arizona won its 10th this month.”It was nice to see the `D’ contribute and score some goals,” said Schenn, who faced his brother Brayden with their parents in attendance. ”It was an all-around enjoyable night. The second period it was pretty loud and energetic and those are the type of games you want to play in.”Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on a power play and assisted on another second-period goal, Jakob Chychrun Womens Anze Kopitar Jersey , Alex Goligosksi and Zac Rinaldo also scored, and Max Domi and Dylan Strome had three assists each for the Coyotes. Panik had an assist and Derek Stepan had two.The Blues entered 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, but ended the night tied with Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the West at 92 points through 78 games. The six-goal loss was the most lopsided for St. Louis this season.”We can’t allow any carryover from this,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. ”Three weeks ago I don’t think anybody would have put us in this place, and the opportunity that we have here, that’s something we need to be excited about.”Jake Allen made his 12th consecutive start in goal for St. Louis, but was replaced after the Coyotes’ second goal on 14 shots. Carter Hutton finished the game and made 15 saves.”Jumping in and trying to find a rhythm was tricky,” Hutton said. He hadn’t played since March 3 at Dallas.Brayden Schenn hit the post with a shot midway through the first period, the best scoring chance in the early going for St. Louis. Allen caught Brendan Perlini’s wrister at 14:27 Authentic Derek Forbort Jersey Kids , but couldn’t stop Luke Schenn’s long shot 32 seconds later.”I was not wanting to go the whole year without getting one,” Luke Schenn said.The Coyotes made it 2-0 at 3:51 of the second period. Clayton Keller bounced a cross-ice pass to Panik, who scored from distance for his 13th of the season.Luke Schenn threw a shoulder into Upshall, who staggered into the Blues’ bench area after the hit. Schenn and the Blues’ Chris Thorburn were given five minutes for fighting after the check.Upshall did not return.Raanta thwarted several Blues’ attempts right in front of the net with saves amid heavy traffic throughout the second period and made more impressive saves in the third. He has 11 career shutouts.A third Coyotes goal at 13:54 was waved off for incidental contact with Hutton before the puck crossed the goal line. Arizona challenged the call but it was upheld.Ekman-Larsson, who lost a goal on the call, scored at 15:09 on a power play, his 14th of the season. Stepan reached 42 assists, a career high in a single season.Chychrun made it 4-0 with his goal 20 seconds before the second intermission. Rinaldo ended the scoring at 17:40 of the third.”They’ve bought in. I’ve got to give a lot of guys credit for that,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. ”It’s easy when you’re out of the playoffs to give up Youth Dion Phaneuf Jersey , and we haven’t given up.”NOTES: Blues D Mitch Reinke, a 22-year-old who just finished his college season with Michigan Tech, made his NHL debut. … The Blues called up D Chris Butler from AHL San Antonio in time for the game, but he was scratched. So was D Jordan Schmaltz with an upper body injury suffered Friday at Vegas. … Coyotes C Christian Dvorak was scratched with a lower body injury, his first missed game of the season. … The Coyotes reached 10 wins in March for just the fifth time in franchise history. … Assistant captain Brianna Decker and forward Amanda Pelkey, from the United States women’s hockey team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, performed the ceremonial puck drop before the game.UP NEXTBlues: Host Washington on Monday.Coyotes: At Calgary on Tuesday.

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