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St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, left, defends as ice sent up by Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild fills the air during the first period Tuesday in St. Louis. (Associated Press)

Shootout win ends Wild skid

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Shootout win ends Wild skid
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ST. LOUIS -- Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored in regulation and in the shootout, helping the Minnesota Wild end an eight-game losing streak by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Tuesday night.


Chris Stewart scored twice for the fifth time in 20 games since joining the Blues, who overcame two late penalties that gave the Wild a two-man advantage for the first 1:06 of overtime.

Bouchard and Mikko Koivu beat Jaroslav Halak on the first two rounds of the shootout while Jose Theodore stopped two of the Blues' three attempts. Minnesota, which had been outscored 37-12 during the slump that dropped them to 12th in the Western Conference, also tied a franchise record with its 19th road victory.

Stewart's backhander put the Blues up 2-1 on the first shot of the third period. But the Wild quickly answered as Bouchard circled the offensive zone before tying it with an unassisted goal less than 2½ minutes later.

Nystrom ended an eight-game point drought on the Wild's first shot of the game from the high slot, perhaps catching Halak off guard. The Blues tied it midway through the first period on Stewart's one-timer off Patrik Berglund's backhand feed from the side of the net.

Stewart has 12 goals in 20 games since coming in a trade from Colorado, seven of them on the power play.

The Blues missed a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds of the second period when David Backes' deflection through Theodore's pads hit the post.

NOTES: Berglund has 47 points, matching his career best in his 2008-09 rookie season. ... Nystrom had been scoreless the previous eight games. ... The Blues have sold out all 38 home games.