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St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott, left, deflects a shot by Phoenix Coyotes' Radim Vrbata, of the Czech Republic, during a shootout of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Blues won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Phoenix Coyotes lost to the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday night.

The Coyotes did gain a point in the defeat, but there playoff hopes appear to be slim. The 'Yotes are in 11th place in the Western Conference with 44 points. They trail Detroit and Dallas by three points and Columbus by five points.

The Good:

Coyotes netminder Chad Johnson was solid in goal, making 29 saves on 30 shots.

Radim Vrbata tied the game 1-1 on a power play goal with 1:07 left in regulation. Vrbata snapped a seven-game scoreless streak with his late game tally.

The Bad:

The Coyotes' offensive struggles continued against the Blues. Before Vrbata's third period goal, the Coyotes hadn't scored since late in the game last Friday in Calgary. Phoenix was shutout by San Jose 4-0 on Monday night.

Blues goaltender Brian Elliott made 33 saves on the night, including all three of the Coyotes' attempts in the shootout.

Noted:

• The Coyotes have scored just five goals in their last five games.

• The Blues swept the season series from the Coyotes 3-0.

Up Next:

The Coyotes will head to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks on Saturday, April 20. The game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. MST.

Daria Del Colliano, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com

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