Goals: Tarasenko (25,26) and Pietrangelo (10)
My Thoughts on this Game
- Not much positive to talk about in this one other than the fact that we broke our scoreless streak of 140+ minutes. But, not until Minnesota had a 2 goal lead. They scored just 2:57 into the game when Sobotka was called for holding at the 2:51 mark. 6 seconds later, the Blues had given up the first goal of the game and it would only be a sign of things to come as the Wild poured it on.
- They added a 2nd goal at the 7:13 mark on a tip-in. The first goal was also a tip-in. Their third goal was a deflection in front of the net. These are the kind of goals that other teams seem to get that we can't get because of a lack of net-front presence most of the time on our part.
- Tarasenko scored at the 9:59 mark from Schenn and Steen to cut the score to 2-1, but the lead was extended just 1:18 seconds later. Another goal after a goal which has also been somewhat of a theme at times this season.
- Pietrangelo made things interesting again just 15 seconds into the 2nd after a perfect pass from Schwartz on an offensive rush. Petro was right in front, skating hard and Schwartz hit his tape and Dubnyk was helpless. The score was 3-2.
- Minnesota scored the next 2 goals before Tarasenko added his 2nd of the game at the 18:32 mark. Again, the Wild scored just 1:12 later to make the socre 6-3 at the end of the 2nd.
- In the third period, Eric Staal scored his 2nd goal. Fans thought it was his 3rd and littered the ice with hats. An early goal that was initially credited to him had been changed so most didn't realize that it wasn't a hat trick.
- After the hats were collected, it seems that the hockey gods were smiling on Staal as he scored again just 3 minutes later for his 14th hat trick of his career. He now is among the league leaders in goals for the season with 33.
- The Blues didn't look good at all. After the trade deadline deal which saw Paul Stastny traded away, this team needed to rally together and stop the losing skid. They also are still in a hunt for a playoff spot and desperately needed to right the ship.
- It was so bad for the boys that Minnesota coach, Bruce Boudreau pulled his main power play unit late in the third and allowed some other guys to have a chance. A respectful move on his part to not run up the score even more.
- Coach Yeo finally called out some players by name after this one. A rare move by a head coach but, in my opinion, something that was long overdue. Rumors of discord in the Blues locker room over certain players not giving it their all and being divided over this and that all need to be set aside. Everyone needs to get back to playing hard every game, every minute and playing for each other.
- Jake Allen started this game and gave up 3 goals on just 8 shots. Hutton played the final two periods and allowed 5 goals on 25 shots. However, as I've felt all season, this team's main issue isn't a goaltending issue. It's a team issue.
- Another chance to stop the losing streak tomorrow night at home against the Red Wings.