Wild beat Blues 2-1 in overtime

Published 9:18 am Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ST. LOUIS  — After shaking off a frustrating overtime, the Minnesota Wild finally ended their free fall.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored in regulation and in the shootout in a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night, helping the Wild end an eight-game losing streak that had dropped them to 12th in the Western Conference.

“It’s just good for the guys to get a win,” forward Eric Nystrom said. “It’s really hard on us. You leave the rink and you want to leave the game there, but it just dwells on you. It’s good to feel good about ourselves.”

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The Wild outshot St. Louis 8-1 in the extra period.

Chris Stewart scored twice for the fifth time in 20 games since joining the Blues, who had their penalty kill unit out for more than half of the overtime. St. Louis faced much tighter defense three days after winning 6-3 at Minnesota while taking 47 shots, and had only a 29-28 advantage in the rematch.

“Overall we played a good game, but we got in penalty trouble,” goalie Jaroslav Halak said. “Especially at the end of the game we’ve got to keep it simple. At least we got one point.”

No doubt frustrating at the time, it was forgotten after beating the Blues for the third time in four meetings.

“I always say it’s a good sign when you get chances,” said Mikko Koivu, who got the deciding goal in the shootout. “Keep getting shots like that and opportunities will go in sooner or later.”