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Blues fall in OT, 2-1

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Matt Dumba's goal just 39 seconds into overtime gave Minnesota a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. Although the Blues picked up a point by taking the game into OT, the outcome kept them winless for the third game in a row.

The Blues outshot the Wild 42-25, but are now 17-8-2 on the season. Minnesota improved to 13-10-3.

The Blues came out swarming in the third period. Patrik Berglund, Colton Parayko and Dmitrij Jaskin all had good chances in the first four minutes. Midway through the period, the Blues went on the power play after the Wild were whistled for a faceoff violation, but couldn't cash in.

Each team had a subsequent power play over the final 61/2 minutes but neither team scored, sending the game into overtime tied 1-1. The Blues outshot the Wild 15-7 in the period and 40-23 in regulation.

The Blues gained some momentum early and late in the second period, scrambling for loose pucks, gaining offensive zone time, and generating some chances to keep Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk busy. It looked a lot like the Blues when they were winning games and scoring goals earlier in the season.

But they couldn't solve Dubnyk, until that is, Berglund scored with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle at the 17:41 mark of the second period. The power-play score gave Berglund two goals in three games since returning from shoulder surgery. The two Vladimirs -- Tarasenko and Sobotka -- assisted on the play.

Goalie Jake Allen helped keep the Blues in the game with a number of impressive saves, stopping Mikael Granlund on a shorthanded attempt at the 3:55 mark -- breaking up what had been a 3-on-1 break for the Wild. He also got some help from the post -- which Marcus Foligno hit on a 2-on-1 rush.

The Blues outshot Minnesota 14-9 in the period, as the teams ended the period tied 1-1.

 

For the fourth time in five games, the Blues allowed a goal in the opening five minutes of play. On Saturday against Minnesota, it was Wild defenseman Ryan Suter scoring his fourth goal of the season on a wraparound shot that deflected in off Jake Allen's skate at the 4:26 mark of the opening period.

The Blues outshot the Wild 11-7 in the period, but overall Minnesota had the better chances. Both teams had one full power play, but the Blues didn't get a shot on goal when they had the man advantage.

Once again, coach Mike Yeo made major changes to his lineup, changing the makeup of all four lines and all three defensive pairings. Vince Dunn sat out his first game of the season. Meanwhile, Sammy Blais and Magnus Paajarvi were back in the lineup after being healthy scratches recently.

And Tarasenko was taken off his usual line (with Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn) and placed on a line with Sobotka and Paul Stastny.

(c)2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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