The St. Louis Blues did everything they could to make Ryan Miller’s debut a memorable one.
The Blues scored four times in the third period, including a pair from Patrik Berglund, to rally for a 4-2 victory over the Coyotes on Sunday night in Phoenix.
"They were working hard," Miller told FOX Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland on the "Blues Live" postgame show. "They worked back well for each other and for me, and it was nice to see. We just made adjustments. It wasn’t really a situation where we were down on our ourselves or anything. The boys had a good confidence. They were talking about doing it and they did it."
St. Louis (40-14-6, 86 points) snapped some ugly streaks with its third-period comeback, including a two-game losing skid. The Blues hadn’t scored in their last eight periods and had not scored a goal on their last 28 power-play opportunities.
St. Louis was outplayed the first two periods and the frustration was mounting as the players were able to get pucks on net but were unable to get that one tally to break through.
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That goal came 3:18 into the third period when Jaden Schwartz corralled a rebound in front and slipped a nice backhand pass to Berglund for his ninth goal of the season.
Berglund’s goal snapped a scoreless streak of 187 minutes and 44 seconds, a new franchise record. That number is hard to believe considering the Blues were not shut out in their first 57 games.
The goal also breathed new life into the Blues.
Magnus Paajarvi followed with his fifth goal to tie the score, and then Kevin Shattenkirk netted the game-winner on the power play at 12:46.
St. Louis hadn’t scored a power-play goal in its previous five games, the longest drought of the season.
Berglund added his 10th goal of the year late in the period.
The Blues couldn’t score on their 19 shots in the first two periods but then scored four times on just 11 shots in the final frame.