In a matter of a minute Monday night, the Blues went from potentially playing catch-up hockey to playing from a position of strength.

A deflection by Minnesota’s Zach Parise landed in the back of the Blues’ net just 30 seconds into the game, but was deemed no-goal after a video replay. Then 50 seconds later, Vladimir Sobotka put the Blues ahead and the crowd of 15,832 at Scottrade Center was shown again just how strong the club plays with a lead.

Alexander Steen added his 18th and 19th goals of the season and goaltender Jaroslav Halak padded to his franchise record with his 18th shutout with the Blues, who beat the Wild 3-0.

With three more five-on-five goals Monday, the team leads the NHL with a ratio of 1.69 goal-for/goals-against in that department.

“This was one of the best games we’ve played five on five for a long time,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I thought five on five, we really competed and I thought we created a lot of pressure and presence, especially in the first two periods.”

The Blues won both games of their two-game homestand, running their record to 11-1-2 at Scottrade Center this season. The club now heads on the road, where it is 6-2-1, beginning a three-game trip Wednesday in Colorado.

For the second straight game, Sobotka got the game rolling for the Blues.

In Saturday’s 6-1 win over Dallas, Sobotka charged the crease and picked up his fourth goal of the season 1 minute, 39 seconds into the game. On Monday, Sobotka took only 1:20 to net No. 5 for a 1-0 advantage.

This time, defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, who stepped in for a sick Kevin Shattenkirk on Monday, had a shot blocked by Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom. But Sobotka was in position to drill the rebound past Backstrom.