Wild fall to Blues on shootout
ST. PAUL — Center T.J. Oshie and left wing Alexander Steen scored in a shootout, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, continuing the Blues’ recent run of dominance over their Central Division counterparts.
The Wild failed to score on either of their shootout attempts.
Goalie Brian Elliott had 17 saves for the Blues, who have now won eight in a row versus Minnesota. Oshie and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo also scored in regulation for St. Louis (44-14-6).
Trailing 2-0 after a period, the Wild rallied to tie on goals by right wing Jason Pominville and recently acquired left wing Matt Moulson, but the Wild lost their second game in a row. Ilya Bryzgalov, who came to Minnesota in a trade from Edmonton last week, made 21 saves in his first start in goal for the Wild (34-22-8).
Oshie got things rolling for the Blues, slipping just St. Louis’ second shot of the game past Bryzgalov on an early power play. It was the 16th goal of the season for Oshie.
The Blues’ next shot went in as well, as defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo found himself all alone with the puck in the slot, and ripped a high shot into the upper left corner of the net. It was the first goal of the season for Colaiacovo, and his first in over a year.
Minnesota finally answered early in the second period, when Pominville ripped a rising shot from the left faceoff circle over Elliott’s glove, off the far post and into the net, making the score 2-1. Shortly thereafter Moulson tied the game, tipping in a shot by center Mikko Koivu past Elliott from the top of the crease. It was the 18th goal of the season for Moulson, and his first with the Wild after he came over from Buffalo in a deadline-day trade.
The Blues thought they had taken a 3-2 lead early in the third, after the puck slipped over the goal line during a scramble in front of Bryzgalov. But officials ruled no goal on the ice, then reviewed the play to affirm the whistle had blown before the puck went in.
Elliott made the save of the game later in the third, stretching out with his stick to deflect a shot by Wild center Mikael Granlund, who was alone in front of the net and appeared poised for a tap-in goal. It was the first start for Elliott since the Blues acquired Ryan Miller in a trade on Feb. 28.