Halak's 33 saves lift Blues over Coyotes 4-1

Halak's 33 saves lift Blues over Coyotes 4-1

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Phoenix Coyotes' Ray Whitney, right, tries to reach a loose puck as St. Louis Blues' Scott Nichol (12) and Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, of Slovakia, defend during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Posted on January 3, 2012 at 9:55 PM

 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves, and the St. Louis Blues snapped a season-worst, three-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.

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 The Blues improved to 15-3-2 at home with their seventh win there in eight games. They are tied with Detroit for most home wins (15).

Chris Stewart and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals for St. Louis, which improved to 16-5-5 since Ken Hitchcock replaced fired coach Davis Payne on Nov. 6. T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund added goals for the Blues.

Halak improved to 5-0-3 in his last eight starts. He is 8-7-5 this season, rebounding from a 1-6 start.

Mike Smith (15-11-3) made 27 saves for Phoenix after missing six games with a groin injury. Radim Vrbata scored his team-leading 19th goal late in the second period for the Coyotes.

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