ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored his second purpose of the sport at 3:43 of time beyond regulation and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Thursday night time.
Sammy Blais, Tyler Bozak and Marco Scandella additionally scored for St. Louis. Ville Husso made 26 saves because the Blues received their fourth straight and seventh within the final 10. St. Louis moved 5 factors forward of Arizona for the fourth and last playoff spot within the West Division.
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“Each man is working laborious, utilizing the construction and taking part in for one another,” O’Reilly stated. “That is the time. We’re making an attempt to get within the playoffs. We’d like everybody. Maintain beating groups like this, it offers us confidence. We’re going to be a harmful group down the stretch right here.”
Joel Eriksson Ek, Kevin Fiala, Victor Rask and Kirill Kaprizov scored for the Wild, who had a seven-game successful streak snapped by St. Louis on Wednesday within the first of three straight video games between the groups. Cam Talbot had 16 saves for Minnesota, which is third within the West and some extent behind Colorado.
“They got here out tougher than us, and it began within the first half,” Fiala stated. “They performed the puck higher, they form of outplayed us. Second half, we turned up and get the momentum going. I really feel like that’s how it’s. It was an excellent comeback however clearly a loss.”
The groups wrap up their three-game collection Saturday at St. Paul.
O’Reilly got here off the bench on a line change and Jordan Kyrou made a move forward to spring O’Reilly for a breakaway. O’Reilly has 22 objectives this season and 6 in 5 video games towards the Wild this season.
Taking part in Minnesota has helped St. Louis’ surge. The Blues are 4-1-0 towards the Wild this season and 8-1-1 up to now 10 matchups.
“We’ve received actual good group spirit proper now,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube stated. “Guys are purchased in proper now.”
Minnesota tried to emulate what St. Louis did on Wednesday. The Wild held a 3-1 benefit within the earlier recreation when the Blues scored 3 times within the third for the win.
This time, Minnesota scored 3 times within the third.
Eriksson Ek scored earlier than the tip of the second to begin the rally. Fiala then scored 2:21 into the third. O’Reilly stopped the momentum with a power-play purpose, however Rask added his purpose and Kaprizov scored with 51.5 seconds left to power time beyond regulation.
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“We didn’t crack,” Wild coach Dean Evason stated. “They didn’t take our will away within the third interval. We saved pushing tonight. … Would you wish to have 60 minutes? Certain. Would they’ve preferred to have 60 minutes final night time? Certain. However it didn’t occur that manner.”
Earlier than the sport, St. Louis wrote on its official Twitter account that Vladimir Tarasenko would miss the sport with a lower-body harm. Berube stated Tarasenko was injured throughout Wednesday’s recreation and is daily.
Tarasenko, who has 11 objectives and 16 assists in 30 profession video games towards Minnesota, had performed in 23 straight video games since lacking the beginning of the season after shoulder surgical procedure.
Colton Parayko was again within the lineup after lacking two video games with an upper-body harm.
O’Reilly’s first purpose gave St. Louis a power-play purpose in 9 straight video games. The Blues are 11 for 25 on the ability play throughout that stretch.
Eriksson Ek added to his career-best along with his seventeenth purpose of the season. He has three objectives up to now 4 video games. Fiala has 18 objectives and 4 up to now six video games.
Blais took benefit of shifting to a line with Bozak and Jaden Schwartz, taking Tarasenko’s spot. He scored 3:14 into the sport. Schwartz pressured a turnover on the forecheck. Torey Krug’s shot from the purpose was saved by Blais poked residence the unfastened puck in entrance of Talbot.
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