The Wild are beginning to look like a one-trick pony. Zach Parise collected two goals and an assist and linemates Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley added goals, but Minnesota's other lines were blanked and St. Louis walked away with a 5-4 victory in overtime Sunday night, Jan. 27, at Scottrade Center. It was the Wild's third consecutive loss and they appeared completely overmatched at times in the late going. They failed to protect goaltender Niklas Backstrom in front of the net, took ridiculous penalties and failed to make many of the little plays a team needs to be successful. In the third period, for example, the Blues outshot them 16-4. "It was a recipe for how to lose a game right there," coach Mike Yeo said. "There were more than several mistakes." The Wild led 3-2 going into the third period but took three penalties within a six-minute stretch -- one for too many men on the ice, one for delay of game and one for interference -- and it caught up to them. Big time. "We were in the box for the whole beginning of the third," Parise said. "It allows their good players to get some touches and handle the puck, make plays, feel good about themselves. So we hurt ourselves." A power-play goal when Chris Stewart was left uncovered with 8:31 left tied the score, and 2:18 later the Blues scored through traffic from the point.
Minnesota Wild: Zach Parise's big game not enough in overtime loss to Blues
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jan 28