St. Louis Blues Fall To Minnesota Wild For A Second Straight Night

The Blues fall to the Wild after carrying a lead into the last minute of regulation.

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St. Louis Blues Fall To Minnesota Wild For Second Straight Night

The road side of the St. Louis Blues’ home-and-home spin with the Minnesota Wild proved even less pleasant than their 5-4 shutout loss Friday night; they fell 3-1 to the Wild in St. Paul. Jaroslav Halak struggled again, allowing three goals on just 20 shots before being pulled in favor of Ty Conklin. The Blues scored their lone goal courtesy Patrik Berglund, whose 14th goal of the season was his second in as many games and his third in his last four.

The Wild got on the board with a goal late in the first period and then consolidated their lead with two early in the second.

For the Blues, who came into the series off a road win at the Florida Panthers, it was a rough reminder of their ever-increasing distance from playoff contention. They’ll return home for their next game, a Valentine’s Day showdown against the Vancouver Canucks, before going on the road to face the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

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St. Louis Blues Lose 5-4 To Minnesota Wild In Shootout

The St. Louis Blues couldn’t quite get past the Minnesota Wild on Friday, losing their 4-3 lead with a minute to go in regulation and falling 5-4 in a shootout. Jaraslov Halak struggled, making 23 saves in the loss; David Backes picked up two goals in the defeat; he already has three more than he managed in a disappointing 2009-10 season. Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald also scored in the loss.

St. Louis Game Time had some choice words about the loss, suggesting that Erik Johnson’s shootout attempt was “like some fan won an Ultimate Experience contest and got to take it for [him].” On a positive note, they suggest that Alex Pietrangelo is, for better or worse, already the best player on the team at 21.

With the defeat the Blues fall to 24-20-9, further than ever from a return to playoff contention. The Wild, at 29-21-5, pick up their second in a row and move within one point of the Calgary Flames for second place in the Western Conference’s Northwest division.

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