The Minnesota Wild gave the St. Louis Blues little trouble in a 4-1 loss Monday at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild, winners of eight of the past nine games, felt a poor game like Monday's coming.

"We were flat. We got what we deserved," said Zach Parise. "We didn't play well at all. It was a pretty similar team that we started the season. That's the type of game we played tonight. Not competitive and too many turnovers. It has crept back into our game. The last few games we've gotten away with it."

Despite its poor play, the Wild (21-12-2) had numerous opportunities, including four second period man-advantage situations, to turn the game around. Those power play chances resulted in just one goal, which was as the penalty expired.

"I don't think you're going to win against (the Wild) allowing those players to continually go out on the power play," said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. "We got away with one today."

Dany Heatley scored the Wild's only goal at the 6:59 mark of the second period to tie the game at one by poking a rebound past Brian Elliott.

The Blues (18-14-2) have felt good about  the way they had been playing recently, but had lost three straight prior to Monday's victory.

"We've played awful well lately and gotten no reward for it," said Hitchcock. "That's been hard for everybody. To play again and get a reward is a good feeling."

The Wild suffered a scare midway through the first period when Mikko Koivu was hit in the face by a Blues player's stick. No penalty was called as blood peppered the ice from a cut between his eye and nose. The Wild's captain later returned to the game.

Ryan Suter was assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty for yelling at the referee, presumably about the non-call.

The Wild never seemed to recover and now head on the road for a three-game road trip beginning in San Jose on Wednesday.


Matt Cullen left the game after the second period and did not return. Mike Yeo did not have an update after the game…Blues starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak left the game late in  the first period with an injury. Hitchcock said after the game that "he could be out awhile"…Jonas Brodin picked up his third assist in five games. He nows had eight points in 32 games…Torrey Mitchell picked up an assist in his return from a one-game absence due to an illness…Niklas Backstrom lost for the time since March 12.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Kevin Shattenkirk. The Blues defenseman scored a goal.

No. 2 – Andy McDonald. The Blues forward recorded a goal and an assist.

No. 1 – Jaden Schwartz. The Blues forward recorded a goal and an assist.


St. Louis……1 2 1 – 4

Minnesota…..0 1 0 – 1

First Period – 1, St. Louis, Schwartz 4 (unassisted), 12:32. Penalties – Suter, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:07.

Second Period – 2, Minnesota, Heatley 10 (Brodin, Mitchell), 6:59. 3, St. Louis, McDonald 4 (Steen, Backes), 12:17. 4, St. Louis, Shattenkirk 3 (Schwartz, Berglund), 14:07. Penalties – Polak, StL (holding), 4:59; Shattenkirk, StL (cross checking), 9:09; Backes, StL (boarding), 15:18; Sobotka, StL (interference), 17:58.

Third Period – 5, St. Louis, Jackman 3 (McDonald), 19:09. Penalties – Perron, StL (boarding), 10:26.

Shots on goal – St. Louis 12-10-2 24. Minnesota 5-7-13 25.

Goalies – St. Louis, Halak (5-5), Elliott (19-20). Minnesota, Backstrom (20-224). A – 18,786. Referees – Kelly Sutherland, Ian Walsh. Linesmen – Matt MacPherson, Brian Mach.