NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, March 29th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, St. Louis 2 (SO)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Mikko Koivu was credited with the deciding
goal in the shootout as the Minnesota Wild halted an eight-game losing streak
with a 3-2 decision over St. Louis at Scottrade Center.
Eric Nystrom and Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored in regulation for the Wild, who
hadn't tasted victory since March 8 against Colorado and dropped the first
portion of this home-and-home series on Saturday in St. Paul.
Jose Theodore stopped 27-of-29 shots for the win.
"Obviously goals are what counts in this game," said Koivu. "Obviously you
want to score as many as you can and sooner or later they'll go in."
Chris Stewart posted both tallies for the Blues, who saw a two-game win streak
halted. Jaroslav Halak made 26 stops but lost after yielding two goals on
three tries in the shootout.
"I'm staarting to feel comfortable out there with these guys," said Stewart.
"It's always nice to score, would have been nicer to get two goals in a win."
Bouchard and Koivu beat Halak on the Wild's first two opportunities in the
shootout, while Theodore turned away Stewart and Matt D'Agostini to wrap up
Nystrom and Stewart traded goals in the opening period, with the former
scoring at 1:43 and the latter just after the 11-minute mark on a power play.
Stewart put the Blues up by a goal at 1:19 of the third, but Bouchard
equalized for the Wild at 3:47.
A Minnesota power play early in overtime provided several quality chances but
no deciding goal.
Minnesota won three of the four games in the season series...Stewart notched
his seventh multi-goal game of the season and his third with the Blues.
03/30 01:21:28 ET