The Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues combined for 66 minutes on 20 penalties before finishing a 3-2 Blues victory in a shootout.

There was everything from fighting majors to delay of game – puck over glass minors.

There were three fights, two instigators, one 10-minute misconduct, deserved penalties and several questionable penalties.

Referees Brad Meier and Brian Pochmara overshadowed a well played game with a lot of scoring chances.

The Wild (22-16-7) drew first blood with David McIntyre’s first career NHL goal at the 7:13 mark of the opening period on the team’s third shot of the game. He redirected a pass from Matt Cullen off a Blues defender into the net behind Jaroslav Halak. Darroll Powe set the play up by winning a race to a loose puck and knocking it back to Cullen.

The Blues (26-12-6) dominated the first period with a 17-4 shot on goal advantage, but were unable to solve Josh Harding.

Harding, who was coming off a rough game in Chicago on Thursday, stopped 47 shots through 65 minutes, including several spectacular and timely saves.

The Blues broke through in the second period with a pair of goals about two and a half minutes apart. Harding could do nothing on either goal.

The first came after Chris Stewart’s shot was blocked in the slot and the rebound bounced right to David Perron at the right faceoff dot for an open net tally. The second came on the power play when David Backes sent a pass between his legs across the top of the crease to Alex Pietrangelo on the backdoor.

The Wild tied the game when Jared Spurgeon blasted a shot from the point through traffic and past Halak on the power play. He received a pass from Kyle Brodziak right off the face off and walked to the center of the ice before winding up for a slap shot.

Justin Falk and Backes established the tough, physical aspect of the game in the first minute with a fight after Falk leveled Perron.

Falk finished tied with Spurgeon and Clayton Stoner with five block shots. The Wild totaled 29 blocked shots as a team.

The Wild fell to 5-5 in shootouts – 4-1 when Cullen scores in the shootout and 1-4 when he doesn’t. The Blues outscored the Wild 1-0 in three shooters for its first shootout victory of the season. The Wild used Cullen, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi. All three shots were unimaginative, slow and gave Halak little trouble.

The Wild lost captain Mikko Koivu to an upper-body (looked like shoulder) injury during his fourth shift early in the first period. He did not return and will be evaluated by team doctors in St. Paul.

Three Stars

No. 3 – David Perron. The Blues forward scored a goal.

No. 2 – Josh Harding. The Wild goaltender made 47 saves, several spectacular.

No. 1 – Jaroslav Halak. The Blues goaltender stopped 29 shots, including a few beauties.


Minnesota     1 1 0 0 – 2

St. Louis       0 2 0 0 – 3

       First Period – 1, Minnesota, McIntyre 1 (Cullen, Powe), 7:13. Penalties – Falk, Min, major (fighting), :58; Backes, SL (unsportsmanlike conduct), :58; Backes, SL (instigator), :58; Backes, SL, major (fighting), :58; Backes, SL, misconduct (10-minutes), :58; Stoner, Min, major (fighting), 15:41; Stewart, SL, major (fighting), 15:41; Powe, Min (delay of game-puck over glass), 15:50; Shattenkirk, SL (delay of game-puck over glass), 18:54.

       Second Period – 2, St. Louis, Perron 3 (Stewart, Shattenkirk), 8:04. 3, St. Louis, Pietrangelo 7 (Backes, Oshie), 10:39 (pp). 4, Minnesota, Spurgeon 3 (Brodziak), 16:32 (pp).Penalties – Staubitz, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:28; Staubitz, Min, major (fighting), 9:28; Reaves, SL, major (fighting), 9:28; Sobotka, SL (interference), 15:21; Stoner, Min (slashing), 19:56; Stoner, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:56.

       Third Period – None. Penalties – Oshie, SL (tripping), :25; Backes, SL (cross checking), 2:33; Stoner, Min (high sticking), 5:08; Zidlicky, Min (interference), 8:18; Polak, SL (boarding), 14:36.

       Overtime – None. Penalties – None.

       Shots on goal – Minnesota 4-17-7-3 31. St. Louis 17-11-14-7 49.

       Shootout – Minnesota Cullen (save), Healtey (save), Setoguchi (save). St. Louis Langenbrunner (save), Shattenkirk (goal), Oshie (save).

       Goalies – Minnesota, Harding (47-49). St. Louis, Halak (29-31). A – 19,150. Referees – Brian Pochmara, Brad Meier. Linesmen – Matt MacPherson, Thor Nelson.