NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Minnesota
(Thursday, March 22nd)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, St. Louis 1
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik posted two goals and an assist as the Minnesota Wild extended their franchise-record winning streak to eight games with a 5-1 rout of the St. Louis Blues.
Pavol Demitra registered a goal and two assists and Pierre-Marc Bouchard had three helpers for the Wild, who improved to 12-1-2 over their last 15 games.
Mikko Koivu and Brian Rolston each had a goal and an assist while Niklas Backstrom ended with 22 saves as Minnesota moved two points ahead of idle Dallas for the sixth spot in the Western Conference. The Wild also moved within one point of Vancouver for first place in the Northwest division.
Doug Weight scored the lone goal and Curtis Sanford gave up five goals on 37 shots for the Blues, who lost for the seventh time in their last nine games.
After Weight's goal late in the first period gave St. Louis the lead, it was all down hill from there for the Blues.
Demitra scored on a breakaway at the 9:36 mark of the second period to tie the game and exactly two minutes later, Rolston skated in all alone on Sanford to give Minnesota the lead.
The Wild then took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play as Gaborik scored his first goal of the game to make it 3-1 with 1:43 left before the second intermission.
Gaborik then netted his second power-play tally at the 8:07 mark of the third period and Koivu followed with a power-play marker of his own to hand Minnesota a four-goal cushion.
"(The Wild) played extremely well. We just didn't play smart enough," said St. Louis head coach Andy Murray. "Bottom of line, if you have a 1-0 lead on these guys you have to be smarter."
Gaborik has notched a point in seven straight games, having compiled five goals and seven assists over that span...Minnesota has compiled an impressive 25-6-4 record on home ice this season....The Wild went 3-for-6 on the power play, while St. Louis squandered two chances with the man-advantage.
03/22 23:15:09 ET