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Blues 3, Wild 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 3, Wild 1
Minnesota Wild 1, St. Louis Blues 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) -David Perron took a move to the St. Louis Blues' checking line as an opportunity, not a demotion.

The slick-skating forward had a goal and an assist for his first points of the season, helping the St. Louis Blues shake off slow-starting woes to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Friday night.

"Obviously, they want me to play my game and be aggressive on the puck," Perron said. "That's how we're going to get the scoring chances, and that's what we did.

"I'm looking forward to keep playing with these guys."

The checking line produced the first two goals for St. Louis, which won for the first time at home after a pair of losses. Jay McClement scored in the opening minute on a rebound.

Coach Andy Murray demoted another young forward to the checking line last week, helping T.J. Oshie bust out of a slump while playing alongside McClement and B.J. Crombeen.

"I just told Jay and B.J. they saved another guy," Murray said. "Who do we put there tomorrow night to get going?"

Chuck Kobasew had a second-period goal for the Wild, who have lost seven straight on the road - four shy of the franchise record. Minnesota has been outscored 25-12 during the slump.

"You have to figure out by now how to be ready when the game starts," goalie Niklas Backstrom said. "We can't afford to do this every night."

The Blues opened the season with a pair of come-from-behind victories over Detroit in Sweden before losing two straight at home, and needed strong defense and 20 saves from Chris Mason to hang on at the finish. St. Louis got no shots the first 15:35 of the third and was 0 for 5 on the power play, but held Minnesota to only four chances in the third period.

"The third period was textbook," Mason said. "We didn't give them anything. We didn't get anything but we shut them down."

St. Louis totaled three shots in the third period, putting the game away on Brad Boyes' empty-net goal with 14.4 seconds to go. The three shots tied the Blues' lowest total of the season, in the first period of a 5-1 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

"I really thought we were going to get the tying goal in the third," Minnesota coach Todd Richards said. "There really wasn't a lot of room out there."

The 21-year-old Perron was third on the team with 50 points last season but had been blanked on 11 shots and was minus-4 the first seven games.

The Blues dominated early, outshooting their opponent for the first time in the first period while ringing up a 15-4 advantage. McClement tapped in a rebound for his second goal at 56 seconds and the lead against a team that had been outscored 9-4 in the first period.

Perron assisted on that goal and then scored his first of the season short-handed on a 2-on-1 break with McClement to make it 2-0 early in the second.

The Wild made it a one-goal game again on Kobasew's first of the season on a tap-in with 1:18 to go in the second.

NOTES: Boyes, the Blues' leading scorer the last two seasons, has only two goals. ... The Blues have won four of five against the Wild and haven't lost at home to Minnesota since Oct. 20, 2007. ... Kobasew's goal was only the Wild's eighth at even strength, compared with 10 power-play goals. ... St. Louis was outshot 88-44 in the first period the first seven games.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:56
STL
Jay McClement (2) ASST: David Perron (1), Tyson Strachan (2)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
05:21
STL
SHG - David Perron (1) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 STL
18:42
MIN
Chuck Kobasew (1) ASST: Eric Belanger (7), Shane Hnidy (2)
2 - 1 STL
3rd Period
19:45
STL
EN - Brad Boyes (2) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (5), Paul Kariya (3)
3 - 1 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:24
MIN
Brent Burns  Interference against  Brad Winchester
14:29
MIN
Nathan Smith  Fighting against  B.J. Crombeen
14:29
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting against  Nathan Smith
18:14
STL
Brad Winchester  Roughing against  John Scott
18:14
MIN
John Scott  Roughing against  Brad Winchester
18:14
MIN
John Scott  Roughing against  Brad Winchester
2nd Period
02:39
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo  Hooking against  Mikko Koivu
04:22
STL
Tyson Strachan  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
07:44
MIN
Benoit Pouliot  Tripping against  Roman Polak
11:43
MIN
Chuck Kobasew  Roughing against  Tyson Strachan
15:21
MIN
Eric Belanger  Hooking against  Cam Janssen
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
2-5-0
SA: 25TOI: 59:17
Saves: 23EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 2
Chris Mason
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0

 
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