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Wild Can't Hang On To Lead In Loss To Blues

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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Wild Can't Hang On To Lead In Loss To Blues
St. Louis Blues 4, Minnesota Wild 3
The end of preseason is getting closer, and while the Minnesota Wild dropped a 4-3 decision to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center, and disappointed Head Coach Mike Yeo in the process, there were enough bright spots to get fans ready for that home opener on October 8.

First and foremost was the continued success of Mikko Koivu's line, which set up the first goal of the game, a Marek Zidlicky power play marker that came two minutes into the game. Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi registered assists on that goal, and duplicated the effort later in the period to set up Mikko Koivu's tie-breaking goal late in the first.

In the second, surprise roster candidate Brett Bulmer padded the Wild lead, finishing off a rush after a centering feed from Guillaume Latendresse. It was the first-ever goal in an NHL uniform for Bulmer, a second round pick in last year's NHL Entry Draft.

That would be the end of the scoring for the Wild as the Blues came back with three unanswered, including Carlo Colaiacovo's game-winner with 1:09 to play. Niklas Backstrom took the loss in goal, stopping 22 of 26 shots, but several of his stops were spectacular, including a sliding pad save on Alex Steen at the end of the second period.

The Wild will have one more off day on Wednesday before wrapping up the preseason with back-to-back games in Columbus on Thursday and at home against Edmonton on Friday.
scoring summary
1st Period
02:16
MIN
PPG - Marek Zidlicky (1) Snap shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (1), Devin Setoguchi (1)
1 - 0 MIN
17:51
STL
Scott Nichol (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (1)
1 - 1 Tie
18:07
MIN
Mikko Koivu (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (2), Devin Setoguchi (2)
2 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
03:37
MIN
Brett Bulmer (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (1)
3 - 1 MIN
08:45
STL
Patrik Berglund (1) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Stewart (1), Jaroslav Halak (1)
3 - 2 MIN
3rd Period
12:30
STL
PPG - Matt D'Agostini (1) Tip-in - ASST: David Backes (1), Nikita Nikitin (1)
3 - 3 Tie
18:51
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo (1) Slapshot - ASST: Evgeny Grachev (1)
4 - 3 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:43
STL
Kevin Shattenkirk  Holding  - 2 min against  Guillaume Latendresse
12:33
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  B.J. Crombeen
12:33
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Clayton Stoner
2nd Period
07:23
STL
Scott Nichol  Holding  - 2 min against  Darroll Powe
07:37
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Interference  - 2 min against  Nikita Nikitin
10:32
STL
Evgeny Grachev  Hooking  - 2 min against  Devin Setoguchi
16:50
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Holding  - 2 min against  Alexander Steen
3rd Period
11:15
MIN
Brett Bulmer  Holding  - 2 min against  Scott Nichol
goalie stats
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 20TOI: 59:54
GA: 3SV%: .850
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 26TOI: 58:57
GA: 4SV%: .846
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