Copyright © 2015
The St. Louis Blues started their five-game homestand with a Central Division battle against the Minnesota Wild. They looked for another victory after winning four of their last five.
Photo: Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports
Despite their recent success, the Blues have been suffering from unnecessary penalties.
Mikko Koivu ‘broke the ice’ about midway through the first. Jason Zucker found him open in the high slot, and Koivu snapped it past Jake Allen to give the Wild a 1-0 lead.
Although the Blues outshot the Wild 16-to-9, they trailed by one goal after twenty minutes.
Early in the second period, the Blues suffered penalties for having too many men on the ice and tripping. After killing both minors, the Blues found some offensive power.
David Perron made a pass to Paul Stastny in the high-slot. Stastny settled the puck before ripping it past Devan Dubnyk’s blocker. His sixth goal of the season tied the game 7:41 into the second period.
The Wild didn’t hesitate to regain their lead.
Jason Pominville slung the puck toward Jake Allen from behind the goal line. After the puck bounced off Allen’s pad, Erik Haula knocked it in to give the Wild a 2-1 lead two minutes after Stastny’s goal.
David Perron’s slapshot from the point was deflected-in by Jaden Schwartz to tie the game 3:27 into the third.
“I saw Stastny was in front too, so I just tried to find a quiet area,” said Schwartz. “It happened so fast; it was kind of just like a split-reaction.”
Just 63 seconds later, Schwartz recorded his second goal of the night on the power play. His 8th of the season passed Dubnyk to make it 3-2. Colton Parayko was was credited with the assist—his 11th of the season.
“He’s really on top of his game right now.” said Ken Hitchcock. “It’s really good to see. He’s just tenacious, and the skill level… I’m really happy for him—he’s put so much work into it.”
“We had them on their heels and put pressure on them,” said Schwartz. “We were able to create some zone time and we got some momentum with that.”
With 1:08 left in the third period, Eric Staal found Charlie Coyle who slid the puck past Allen. Coyle’s goal tied the game and forced overtime.
After 65 minutes of play, the Blues outshot the Wild 38-to-31. With a scoreless overtime, a shootout was needed.
In the fourth round, David Perron scored the lone goal of the shootout. He fired the puck in between Dubnyk’s legs to win the game.
“On the way down I was thinking backhand like I like to do, and then—I don’t know—I tried something different and it went it,” said Perron.
Jake Allen blocked 28 of the 31 shots he faced.
“I thought we played well,” said Allen. “We tested them for the majority of the game.”
With the win, the Blues improved their record to 12-7-3 (27 points).
“We didn’t want to give them the point, but good teams find a way to win and we did that in a shootout,” said Alex Pietrangelo.
The Blues are scheduled to host the Dallas Stars on Monday, 7:00 p.m. It’ll be another Central Division battle.