Tkachuk, Perron power Blues past Wild

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) — Keith Tkachuk and David Perron scored on a
two-man advantage in the second period, and the St. Louis Blues
withstood a Minnesota Wild flurry in the third period to hold on
for a 5-3 victory Sunday night.

David Backes also scored on a power play, Brad Winchester and
Brad Boyes added goals and T.J. Oshie and Carlo Colaiacovo each
had two assists. Chris Mason stopped 19 shots for the Blues,
who tied the Wild for 10th place in the Western Conference and
rebounded from a 5-2 home loss to Detroit on Saturday.

Andrew Brunette, 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.

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 the Blues’ Andy 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.

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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.

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

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.

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.