Wild 1 – Blues 3

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David Perron picked up his first points of the season in last night’s 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild

The Blues got their first victory at Scottrade this season with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Blues got off to a flying start with a goal from Jay McClement after 56 seconds following a backhanded pass by David Perron, who picked up his first point of the season. The Blues outshot the Wild by 15-4 in the first period and were unlucky to go in only one goal up.

The second period belonged to Chris Mason. The Wild had a couple of powerplays including a brief 5 on 3 advantage but Mason stood up to everything they threw at him – including an incredible glove save from Brent Burns in front of net that had the Scottrade crowd on it’s feet, cheering. Colaiacovo had a breakaway which was quickly dealt with before McClement and Perron found themselves in a 2 on 1 situation and Perron scored a shorthanded goal, putting the Blues 2-0 up. There were some more great saves from both keepers before Chuck Kobasew bundled the puck into the net for the Wild near the end of the period.

The third period seemed to be all about protecting the lead as the Blues limited the Wild to four shots whilst having three themselves. With the Wild needing to score, Brad Boyes sealed the game with an empty net goal in the final minute. Quick hits from the game:

  • David Perron put up his first points of the season with a goal and an assist – it was the first shorthanded goal of his career.
  • TJ Oshie seems to be getting back to his usual self – he checked more and played with more style and flair than in previous games this season.
  • Cam Janssen saw almost 8 minutes of ice time – drawing a couple of penalties and inflicting a couple of bonecrushing hits.  He skated away from a potential scrap with the Wild’s John Scott – showing good common sense as a fight whilst the Blues were ahead would only have served to fire up the Wild.
  • The Blues powerplay suddenly seemed anaemic.  They went 0 for 5 against the Wild and always appeared to be looking for that perfect pass instead of shooting the puck on net.
  • Chris Mason was deservedly the game’s first star with 20 saves.
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