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Tkachuk, Perron power Blues past Wild

Mar 16, 2009 - 1:47 AM
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Blues came up with a powerful response a day after a demoralizing loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Keith Tkachuk and David Perron scored on a two-man advantage in the second period, David Backes also scored on a power play and Blues held on for a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.

"This is the way we're going to have to play," Blues center Andy McDonald said. "We can't afford to lose hockey games, especially two in a row. We let it go after last night and turned around and got prepared for today."

Brad Winchester and Brad Boyes added goals, T.J. Oshie and Carlo Colaiacovo each had two assists, and Chris Mason stopped 19 shots. The Blues tied the Wild for 10th place in the Western Conference, rebounding from a 5-2 home loss to Detroit.

Andrew Brunette had a goal and an assist, and Stephane Veilleux and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored for the Wild, coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Dallas on Saturday night. Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots in the first two periods, and Josh Harding made six saves in the third.

"We had penalties at the wrong time," said Wild coach Jacques Lemaire, whose team took seven minor penalties in the game.

"We had two penalties and they got three goals. They scored two on 5-on-3 and one 4-on-3. We've got to try and play at our best and make the least mistakes possible."

St. Louis was 3-for-7 on the power play after going 7-for-53 in its last 15 games.

Backes opened the scoring with 5:16 left in the first period, a power-play goal that had to be reviewed. Backes, who scored his 23rd of the season, was able to bat a puck in that flopped over Backstrom and in. Backstrom complained to the officials that McDonald slashed at his glove trying to make a save as McDonald swung to bat the puck in. The review was to see if McDonald touched the puck with a high stick. Replays showed he didn't and the goal stood.

"It's in the crease. You can't touch the goalie," Backstrom said. "That's goalie interference. You can't slash a goalie when he's trying to make a stop with his glove. There's no excuses for that not to be in the rule book."

The Blues added two more with the man advantage in the second period, with Tkachuk making it 2-0 at 6:37, redirecting McDonald's centering feed past Backstrom, and Perron roofing a wrister from the left circle at 8:08 to make it 3-0.

"You hardly ever see that against a team like Minnesota, giving up that many penalties and us capitalizing on them," said Tkachuk, who 521 career goals. "It was huge. We got some quality opportunities on the 5-on-3s. That was nice."

The Wild's Cal Clutterbuck received a double-minor for high sticking at 4:56, followed by Marek Zidlicky's delay of game penalty at 6:13 to give the Blues a full 2-minute 5-on-3 power play.

Brunette got the Wild within two at 3-1, scoring on a backhander off scrum in the crease with 5:02 left in the second. But Winchester restored the Blues' three-goal with 30 seconds to go in the period. It was Winchester's 12th of the season.

"Initially, I was trying to get in the middle of the ice and the puck kind of came back off the skates," Winchester said. "I was able to come back out on the short side there. It was an important second period for us."

Veilleux got the Wild back within two again at 4-2 with a goal at 7:50 of the third period, his 11th of the season, and Bergeron pulled the Wild within one at 4-3 with 5:36 left, but Boyes scored an empty-netter with 50.7 seconds to play.

"I don't want to make any excuses," Wild center Mikko Koivu said. "We just have to get ready on Tuesday and try to play better at home."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    MINNESOTA 0 1 2 3
    ST LOUIS 1 3 1 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) DAVID BACKES 23 (BRAD BOYES, T.J. OSHIE) 14:44
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 21 (ANDY MCDONALD, T.J. OSHIE) 6:37
    STL - (PP) DAVID PERRON 12 (PATRIK BERGLUND, CARLO
    COLAIACOVO) 8:08
    MIN - ANDREW BRUNETT

    Mar 15 8:31 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 3
    ST LOUIS 5
    3RD PRD: STL - (EN) BRAD BOYES 29 (ROMAN POLAK) 19:09

    Wild 3, Blues 5  3rd - 0:51Mar 15 8:29 PM
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    MINNESOTA 3
    ST LOUIS 4
    3RD PRD: MIN - MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 11 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, MAREK
    ZIDLICKY) 14:24

    Wild 3, Blues 4  3rd - 5:36Mar 15 8:22 PM
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    MINNESOTA 2
    ST LOUIS 4
    3RD PRD: MIN - STEPHANE VEILLEUX 11 (JOHN SCOTT, MARTIN SKOULA) 7:50

    Wild 2, Blues 4  3rd - 12:10Mar 15 8:19 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 0 1 1
    ST LOUIS 1 3 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) DAVID BACKES 23 (BRAD BOYES, T.J. OSHIE) 14:44
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 21 (ANDY MCDONALD, T.J. OSHIE) 6:37
    STL - (PP) DAVID PERRON 12 (PATRIK BERGLUND, CARLO
    COLAIACOVO) 8:08
    MIN - A

    Mar 15 7:41 PM


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    MINNESOTA 1
    ST LOUIS 4
    2ND PRD: STL - BRAD WINCHESTER 12 (CARLO COLAIACOVO) 19:30

    Wild 1, Blues 4  2nd - 0:30Mar 15 7:40 PM


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    MINNESOTA 1
    ST LOUIS 3
    2ND PRD: MIN - ANDREW BRUNETTE 17 (KIM JOHNSSON, OWEN NOLAN) 14:58

    Wild 1, Blues 3  2nd - 5:02Mar 15 7:32 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0
    ST LOUIS 3
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) DAVID PERRON 12 (PATRIK BERGLUND, CARLO
    COLAIACOVO) 8:08

    Wild 0, Blues 3  2nd - 11:52Mar 15 7:21 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0
    ST LOUIS 2
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 21 (ANDY MCDONALD, T.J. OSHIE) 6:37

    Wild 0, Blues 2  2nd - 13:23Mar 15 7:17 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 0 0
    ST LOUIS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) DAVID BACKES 23 (BRAD BOYES, T.J. OSHIE) 14:44
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MIN 4 4
    STL 15 15
    GOALIES: MIN - NIKLAS BACKSTRO

    Mar 15 6:48 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) DAVID BACKES 23 (BRAD BOYES, T.J. OSHIE) 14:44

    Wild 0, Blues 1  1st - 5:16Mar 15 6:40 PM