Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
St. Louis
Blues
41-31-10
Minnesota
Wild
40-33-9

game recap

Blues 2, Wild 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends


Blues 2, Wild 1
St. Louis Blues 2, Minnesota Wild 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -As Chris Mason prepared to make his sixth start in net for the struggling St. Louis Blues, he was beginning to wonder if he was ever going to come out on the winning end.

"Coming to a new team, I felt sometimes I wasn't going to get one here," said Mason, who was acquired from Nashville for a fourth-round pick to backup Manny Legace.

It turns out that a night against the offensively challenged Minnesota Wild was all he needed.

Mason made a season-high 31 saves and Brad Boyes scored twice to lift the Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Wild on Saturday night.

"It was great for Chris Mason," coach Andy Murray said. "He's played well this year. He's been deserving on other nights and we didn't get the job done for him."

Stephane Veilleux scored for the Wild, who have an NHL-low 28 goals in the 15 games since a 6-2 win over Florida on Oct. 16.

Blues center Keith Tkachuk collected his 487th assist, getting him closer to 500 for his career. (Getty Images)

Video: Complete Game Highlights
  Photo Gallery: Blues 2, Wild 1

Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves but once again it wasn't enough for the Wild, who went 0-for-5 on the power play.

Minnesota had a chance to tie it in the final 1:12 when David Backes was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding Brent Burns behind the net.

But Mason steeled himself against a 6-on-4 advantage when the Wild pulled Backstrom, and St. Louis escaped in regulation after allowing a goal with 0.9 seconds on the clock in Friday night's win over Anaheim that pushed the game to overtime.

"The guys did a great job of letting me see the shots and clearing the rebounds when they were sitting there," Mason said. "It feels great to go back-to-back here."

The Wild controlled the first 10 minutes of the game, spending most of that time in the St. Louis zone putting pressure on Mason, who was 0-5 with a 3.13 goals-against average coming into the night.

But after that initial push, it was Minnesota that looked like the team that was playing the second game of a back-to-back.

The easiest solution to Minnesota's offensive deficiencies will be the return of star winger Marian Gaborik, but no one knows when that will happen. Gaborik missed his 16th straight game with a lower body injury.

"He's rehabbing and he won't come back until he is 100 percent," assistant general manager Tom Lynn said.

Gaborik is in the final year of his contract, and negotiations for an extension are at a standstill, leading to speculation that Minnesota is holding him off the ice or he is refusing to play.

Lynn said that is not the case.

"Definitely he's hurt," Lynn said. "Definitely he is rehabbing, 100 percent. When there is a theory of a crime, police often look for a motive. I can't think of a motive why the team wouldn't want him to play or why he wouldn't want to play. I really can't."

The Blues know a thing or two about dealing with injuries.

Forwards Dan Hinote, Paul Kariya, T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald are all on injured reserve, as is defenseman Erik Johnson, who will miss the year with a knee injury. The injuries have left the Blues, in last in the Central, with a makeshift roster.

"I don't know some of the guys either," Murray said with a chuckle.

Veilleux opened the scoring in the second period with the first goal by a Wild player other than captain Mikko Koivu in a span of 170 minutes, 6 seconds of play. That's nearly three full games.

It was also the first even-strength goal by a Wild forward other than Koivu since Andrew Brunette scored on Nov. 6 at Colorado more than six games ago.

Boyes came right back with a rebound goal 44 seconds later. He added a power-play goal later in the period after splitting Marek Zidlicky and James Sheppard with a nifty cut.

"They are pressing, there's no doubt," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "Now they feel a little pressure because we didn't score goals 5-on-5. Now it seems our power play is suffering, too. You can't have both."

Notes: Lee Stempniak assisted on the Blues' second goal, giving him 12 points in his last eight games. ... Adding to the St. Louis injury woes, C Patrik Berglund was out with a groin injury. ... The Wild were 11-2-1 in their previous 14 games against the Blues.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:54
MIN
Stephane Veilleux (2) ASST: James Sheppard (3), Erik Reitz (1)
1 - 0 MIN
02:40
STL
Brad Boyes (9) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (4), Steve Regier (1)
1 - 1 Tie
12:47
STL
PPG - Brad Boyes (10) ASST: Eric Brewer (2), Lee Stempniak (10)
2 - 1 STL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:02
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Interference against  Eric Belanger
03:09
STL
Barret Jackman  Hooking against  James Sheppard
18:00
STL
Brad Winchester  Roughing against  Erik Reitz
2nd Period
06:01
STL
Lee Stempniak  Hi-sticking against  Owen Nolan
10:53
MIN
Erik Reitz  Interference against  David Perron
3rd Period
03:46
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Boarding against  Brad Winchester
18:48
STL
David Backes  Boarding (maj) against  Brent Burns
18:48
STL
David Backes  Game misconduct against  Brent Burns
goalie stats
Chris Mason
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .969SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
11-5-1
SA: 26TOI: 58:17
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0

 
TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Full Season Tickets
Half Season Plans
12-Game Plans
6-Game Packs
Group Tickets
Luxury Suites
My Account
NHL Ticket Exchange

TEAM
Roster
In the System
Coaches
Front Office
Blues History
All-Time Player Roster
Chicago Wolves
Alaska Aces

SCHEDULE
Preseason
Regular Season
Promotions Schedule
Schedule Downloads

STATS
Player Stats
League Standings

NEWS
News
Features
Blues Overtime Blog

VIDEO
Game Highlights
GameDay
News & Interviews
All-Access
NHL Network

SOCIAL
Find a Player
Facebook
Twitter
Mobile App
E-mail Subscriptions

FANS
Hot Deals for Cool Fans
Photo Galleries
License Plates

COMMUNITY
Blues in the Community
Blues 14 Fund
50/50 Raffle Numbers

SHOP
Online Store
Blues Auctions
True Blues Authentics

stlouisblues.com is the official Web site of the St Louis Blues. St Louis Blues, stlouisblues.com and stlblues.com are trademarks of the St Louis Blues Hockey Club. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2014 St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

PRIVACY POLICY | ADCHOICES | TERMS OF USE | EMPLOYMENT & INTERNSHIPS | GUEST EXPERIENCE SURVEY | CONTACT US