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St. Louis Blues 0, Minnesota Wild 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Associated Press

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St. Louis Blues 0, Minnesota Wild 4 FINAL
St. Louis Blues 0, Minnesota Wild 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Wild need to take some momentum into the All-Star break if they're going to make the playoffs again.

This was a good start.

All-Star goalie Dwayne Roloson made 24 saves, earning his third shutout of the season for the Wild in a feisty 4-0 victory over the fading St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

``These games are so important to us,'' said Minnesota's Wes Walz, who scored twice _ once on a penalty shot. ``These are our playoffs right now.''

Sergei Zholtok and Pascal Dupuis also had goals in a rare offensive outburst for the Wild, who entered the game in 11th place after an improbable run to the Western Conference finals last season.

``This was one of the better games we've played in awhile,'' Roloson said.

Blues goalie Chris Osgood, who has one win in his last 16 starts, was replaced by Reinhard Divis midway through the second period after a rocket slap shot by Dupuis made it 3-0.

Osgood stopped six of nine shots for St. Louis, 0-6-1 in its last seven games. The Blues, five points ahead of the Wild in ninth place in the conference race, have 11 goals in their last nine games and five wins in their last 23.

``It's my job to try to give us a chance to win,'' Osgood said. ``I've done that in probably half the games we've played. I need to play like I'm capable of playing from now on and for the rest of the year.''

Roloson, who will represent the Wild with defenseman Filip Kuba on Sunday in the All-Star game in St. Paul, entered the game fifth in the NHL in save percentage _ but winless in his last four starts.

He coasted to a victory, making a handful of impressive glove saves and watching his team score more than three goals for just the 10th time in 55 games this season.

It was a much-needed win for Minnesota, too, after winning three of its last 20 games and going 3-6-5-2 in January. The Wild got a boost from the returns of right wing Marian Gaborik (hip flexor) and defenseman Brad Bombardir (strained left hip)

``We were ready to play a good game,'' coach Jacques Lemaire said. ``We got the lead and just kept going. I said often we get a lead and then we sit. I didn't think we sit tonight.''

This was a penalty and fight-filled match, with several skirmishes breaking out in the final period. Mike Danton (St. Louis) and Alex Henry (Minnesota) were active participants.

``They were banging, slashing at times and trying to fight,'' Lemaire said. ``Usually when we're frustrated, we take it out on ourselves.''

A bad night for the Blues turned worse early in the third period when Chris Pronger was whistled for tripping Walz from behind, giving the Wild the rare penalty shot.

Walz deked Divis twice before poking the puck between the pipe and the glove with a backhander.

It was Pronger who lost the puck in the first period to Walz, allowing Minnesota's best skater to weave his way through the St. Louis zone and send a short wrist shot past Osgood _ who appeared to be screened by his own defenseman, Eric Nickulas.

Zholtok scored later in the penalty-plagued first, seconds after Blues center Doug Weight left the box to end the Wild's 4-on-3 power play.

``We're obviously very fragile at the moment,'' St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:40
MIN
Wes Walz (10) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 MIN
09:21
MIN
Sergei Zholtok (8) ASST: Alexandre Daigle (12), Marian Gaborik (9)
2 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
06:20
MIN
Pascal Dupuis (10) ASST: Jason Marshall (2), Nick Schultz (8)
3 - 0 MIN
3rd Period
03:48
MIN
SHG - PS - Wes Walz (11) ASST: NONE
4 - 0 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
04:41
MIN
Matt Johnson  Fighting (maj) against  Reed Low
04:41
STL
Reed Low  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Johnson
05:38
MIN
Sergei Zholtok  Hi-sticking against  Petr Cajanek
07:16
STL
Doug Weight  Hi-sticking against  Richard Park
08:00
MIN
Richard Park  Slashing against  Murray Baron
08:11
STL
Chris Pronger  Tripping against  Pascal Dupuis
15:43
STL
Eric Nickulas  Tripping against  Nick Schultz
17:07
MIN
Andrew Brunette  Too many men/ice - bench
19:24
STL
Eric Nickulas  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
02:51
MIN
Jim Dowd  Hooking against  Eric Boguniecki
08:56
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Too many men/ice - bench
15:45
MIN
Jason Marshall  Boarding against  Michael Danton
15:45
MIN
Jason Marshall  Roughing against  Michael Danton
15:45
STL
Michael Danton  Roughing against  Jason Marshall
15:45
STL
Michael Danton  Roughing against  Jason Marshall
19:54
STL
Pascal Rheaume  Hi-sticking against  Antti Laaksonen
3rd Period
02:08
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Too many men/ice - bench
05:56
MIN
Alex Henry  Fighting (maj) against  Michael Danton
05:56
STL
Michael Danton  Fighting (maj) against  Alex Henry
05:56
STL
Michael Danton  Misconduct (10 min) against  Alex Henry
06:46
MIN
Marian Gaborik  Slashing against  Eric Boguniecki
06:46
STL
Eric Boguniecki  Roughing against  Marian Gaborik
10:38
MIN
Jason Wiemer  Unsportsmanlike conduct
12:45
STL
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Willie Mitchell
12:45
MIN
Willie Mitchell  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
16:44
MIN
Alex Henry  Fighting (maj) against  Reed Low
16:44
STL
Reed Low  Roughing against  Alex Henry
16:44
STL
Reed Low  Fighting (maj) against  Alex Henry
16:44
STL
Reed Low  Misconduct (10 min) against  Alex Henry
19:25
MIN
Willie Mitchell  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
19:25
STL
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Willie Mitchell
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 9TOI: 26:20
Saves: 6EV: 3 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
Reinhard Divis
Reinhard Divis
SA: 11TOI: 33:40
Saves: 10EV: 9 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
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