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Prospects Tournament: Wild 3, Blues 4, SO

By Chris Pinkert | St. Louis Blues Online
The Blues never trailed, but they came close to losing Wednesday's game.

With a 3-0 deficit early in the third period, the Minnesota Wild rallied to score three times, including once with just 3 seconds left, to force overtime with the Blues prospects.

The Blues prevailed, thanks to shootout goals from Philip McRae and Aaron Palushaj, but the win didn't come without a price.

Thanks to Minnesota's rally, the Wild earned a point in Wednesday's contest, which kept the Blues from a spot in the tournament's championship game. Instead, the Blues will meet the New York Rangers in a battle for third place on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Anthony Nigro scored twice for the Note, while Palushaj added three assists and a shootout goal.

Through 3 games, Palushaj leads all Traverse City prospects in scoring (3 goals, 4 assists).

Jake Allen made 31 saves and stopped all three Wild skaters in the shootout, helping the Blues preserve a win.


Boxscore
 Scoring
1st 2nd 3rd OT 2OT SO Total
Minnesota Wild 0 0 2 0 0 0 3
St. Louis Blues 1 1 1 0 0 1 4

Scoring Summary
1st Period
St. Louis Blues - Philip McRae (powerplay) (Aaron Palushaj, Anthony Nigro) 7:08

2nd Period

St. Louis Blues - Anthony Nigro (Aaron Palushaj, Philip McRae) 12:22

3rd Period
St. Louis Blues - Anthony Nigro (powerplay) (Aaron Palushaj, Alex Pietrangelo) 0:10
Minnesota Wild - Carson McMillan (Brandon Buck) 0:52
Minnesota Wild - Matt MacKay (Maxime Ouimet, Christopher Foucault) 14:06
Minnesota Wild - Zack Torquato (extra attacker) (Giffen Nyren, Marco Scandella) 19:57

Overtime
No Scoring

2nd Overtime
No scoring

Shootout
St. Louis Blues - Philip McRae
St. Louis Blues - Aaron Palushaj

Penalties Summary
1st Period
Minnesota Wild - Bryce Swan - (Boarding), 2 min, 3:21
Minnesota Wild - Michael Kirkpatrick - (Tripping), 2 min, 6:22
Minnesota Wild - Tyler Schmidt - (Elbowing), 2 min, 7:42
Minnesota Wild - Tyler Schmidt - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 7:42
St. Louis Blues - Chris Morehouse - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 7:42
St. Louis Blues - Adam Perry - (Hooking), 2 min, 18:30

2nd Period

Minnesota Wild - Justin Falk - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 2:01
St. Louis Blues - James Livingston - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 2:01
St. Louis Blues - James Livingston - (Delay of Game), 2 min, 2:01
St. Louis Blues - Chris Morehouse - (Tripping), 2 min, 3:41
St. Louis Blues - Philip McRae - (High Sticking), 2 min, 4:46

3rd Period
Minnesota Wild - Justin Falk - (Interference), 2 min, 5:37

 Shots 1st 2nd 3rd OT 2OT SO Total
Minnesota Wild 7 6 19 2 1 0 34
St. Louis Blues 6 5 6 4 0 1 22

Goalies
Winning Goaltender - St. Louis Blues - Jake Allen (34 shots, 31 saves)
Losing Goaltender - Minnesota Wild
- Matthew Hackett (21 shots, 18 saves)
 
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J. Allen 2 3 0 .911 2.03

 
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