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                  === Sobotka pushes Blues past Wild in OT ===
 
 St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Vladimir Sobotka scored 2:16 into overtime to
 lift the St. Louis Blues over the Minnesota Wild, 5-4, on Sunday.
 
 Wade Redden, Patrik Berglund, Chris Stewart and Barret Jackman also scored for
 the Blues, who have won three in a row. Brian Elliott made 12 saves.
 
 St.  Louis improved  to 5-1-0 on the  season. It's the Blues' best start since
 a 7-1-0 mark to open the 1997-98 season.
 
 Zach  Parise had two  goals and an assist for the Wild, who have dropped three
 straight games. Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley each had a goal and an assist.
 
 Niklas Backstrom stopped 29-of-34 shots in defeat.
 
 "Very  disappointed," Wild head  coach Mike Yeo said. "It was a recipe for how
 to lose a game. ... There were more than several mistakes."
 
 After  the Blues scored  three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead, Heatley tied
 the  game with 4:08 left in regulation. Heatley batted the puck out of the air
 and  into the net  with his stick just below the crossbar. The goal was upheld
 following a review.
 
 With  2:44 left in overtime, Sobotka scored from in close off a pass from Andy
 McDonald.
 
 Redden's  one-timer from the left circle gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at the 9:16
 mark of the first period.
 
 Parise  scored  a pair of  power-play goals early in  the second stanza to put
 Minnesota  in  front. The first goal  came just 2:04  into the frame on a shot
 from the side of the net.
 
 Koivu  got the  primary assist  on  Parise's second  goal at  the 10:52  mark.
 Following  a  battle for  the puck  along the boards,  Koivu gathered the puck
 behind  the net. Parise  took a no-look pass from Koivu and beat Elliott for a
 2-1 lead.
 
 At  the 14:37  mark, Koivu took a drop  pass from Parise and beat Elliott on a
 shot from the right circle.
 
 Berglund  scored just  over a  minute  later to  make it  a one-goal  contest.
 David  Perron carried the puck around the net before passing to Berglund. With
 Backstrom on his back, Berglund hit the open net for an easy goal.
 
 Stewart deflected in Alex Pietrangelo's shot from the right point at the 11:29
 mark of the third to make it 3-3.
 
 Just  over two  minutes later, Jackman's slapper from the right point gave St.
 Louis a 4-3 lead.
 
 "I've been around a long time and the third period was impressive," Blues head
 coach  Ken  Hitchcock  said.  "Back-to-back,  it  was  a  very  physical  game
 (Saturday)  night (in Dallas,  a 4-3 Blues victory) and to come with that type
 of effort (Sunday) was, I think, a real confidence booster. We didn't get down
 on  ourselves. We really  took our game to another level. A full value for the
 win, in my opinion."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Minnesota  and the Blues  split four meetings in 2011-12 ... The Blues are 3-0
 at  home this season ... Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon missed the game with a
 foot injury.
 
 01/28 01:14:58 ET