Wild rally for shootout win on Koivu goals
Cal Clutterbuck made a great play to drop the puck back to Spurgeon and picked up the second assist.
The Blues had two one-goal leads, but Koivu answered both with two special teams goals.
Koivu first tied the game at 1-1 in the second period with an unassisted shorthanded tally for his second goal of the season. He made a great individual play to steal the puck behind the Blues’ net. He then turned out front and rifled a wrist shot over Jaroslav Halak’s glove.
The Wild (12-5-3) peppered Halak for 16 shots in the third period, but could not get anything past him before Koivu figured it out.
The Blues (10-7-2) got goals from Spring Lake Park native David Backes in the first period and Warroad native T. J. Oshie in the third.
No. 3 – Josh Harding. The Wild goaltender made a few very good saves and won the overtime with a good kick save.
No. 2 – Jaroslav Halak. The Blues goaltender stole a point with several spectacular saves in the third period.
No. 1 – Mikko Koivu. The Wild forward scored two goals.
St. Louis 1 0 1 0 – 2
Minnesota 0 1 1 0 – 3
First Period – 1, St. Louis, Backes 7 (Oshie, Steen), 10:39. Penalties – None.
Second Period – 2, Minnesota, Koivu 2 (unassisted), 2:37 (sh). Penalties – Clutterbuck, Min (charging), 1:49; Fredheim, Min (holding), 14:09.
Third Period – 3, St. Louis, Oshie 6 (Steen, Backes), 6:07. 4, Minnesota, Koivu 4 (Spurgeon, Clutterbuck), 18:22 (pp). Penalties – Cole, STL (holding the stick), 11:35; Arnott, STL (slashing), 18:12.
Overtime – None. Penalties – None.
Shots on goal – St. Louis 9-10-5-3 27. Minnesota 7-8-16-1 32.
Shootout – St. Louis – Steen (saved), Oshie (goal), Shattenkirk (saved). Minnesota – Bouchard (saved), Koivu (goal), Cullen (goal).
Goalies – St. Louis, Halak (30-32). Minnesota, Harding (25-27). A – 17,259. Referees – Ghislain Hebert, Stephen Walkom. Linesmen – Michel Cormier, Jean Morin.