Wild Rally, Then Fall To St. Louis In OT
ST. PAUL, MN (AP) – Ryan O’Reilly scored his second goal of the game at 3:43 a.m. in overtime, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Thursday night.
Sammy Blais, Tyler Bozak and Marco Scandella also scored goals for St. Louis. Ville Husso made 26 saves as the Blues won their fourth and seventh straights in the last 10. St. Louis was five points ahead of Arizona to reach fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division.
Joel Eriksson Ek, Kevin Fiala, Victor Rask and Kirill Kaprizov scored a goal for the Wild, who scored a seven-game winning streak for St. Louis in the first of three straight games between the teams on Wednesday. Cam Talbot had 16 parades for Minnesota, which is third to the west and one point behind Colorado.
“They came out harder than us and it started in the first half,” said Fiala. “They played the puck better, they somehow outdid us. In the second half we showed up and got the momentum. I have a feeling that it is. It was a good comeback, but obviously a loss. “
The teams will end their three-game series in St. Paul on Saturday.
O’Reilly came off the bench on a line change and Jordan Kyrou made a pass to spring O’Reilly for an outlier. O’Reilly has 22 goals this season and six in five games against the Wild this season.
Minnesota gambling has helped St. Louis. The Blues are 4-1-0 against the Wild this season and 8-1-1 in the last 10 matchups.
Minnesota was trying to mimic what St. Louis did on Wednesday. The Wild had a 3-1 advantage in the previous game when the Blues scored three goals for the win in their third game.
This time, Minnesota scored three goals in the third.
Eriksson Ek scored before the end of the second to start the rally. Fiala then scored 2:21 in the third. O’Reilly stopped the swing with a power play goal, but Rask added his goal and Kaprizov scored 51.5 seconds ahead to force overtime.
“We didn’t crack,” said Wild coach Dean Evason. They didn’t take away our will in the third period. We kept pushing tonight. . Would you like 60 minutes? For sure. Would you have liked to have had 60 minutes last night? For sure. But that’s not how it turned out. “