Wild give up first goal, then rout Blues, 6-2

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Hockey

ST. LOUIS -- The silver lining to stumbling into a deficit so early was that it gave the Wild almost the entire game to rebound.

But the team didn't need that much time.

Instead, the rest of the first period was more than enough to flip a rough start into redemption via an eventual 6-2 rout Tuesday over the Blues in front of 17,821 at Scottrade Center that revealed the type of resiliency the Wild have been missing in recent road games.

Twelve players contributed to the parade of six unanswered goals -- which tied a season-high output -- and with goalie Devan Dubnyk nearly air-tight amid a 35-save performance, the Wild banked some much-needed momentum as the visitors after dropping two of their previous three road tests in dramatic fashion.

It looked like the Wild could have been in for a tough trek, though, based on the first minute of action.

Just 45 seconds after puck drop, the Blues scored when winger Jaden Schwartz poked in a puck Dubnyk couldn't hold onto after making the initial save.

Only three days earlier in Dallas, the Wild crumbled after surrendering the first goal in a 6-1 loss. They also fell behind early in the 6-3 letdown to the Penguins before the All-Star break.

But this time was different.

At 2:02, the Wild tied it after winger Nino Niederreiter pounced on a bouncing puck in front after defenseman Gustav Olofsson hit the crossbar.

Later in the period, the Wild surged ahead courtesy the fourth line.


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