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St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - How's the view from the top, StLouis

T.J.  Oshie  and Alexander Steen  each scored in  the shootout as the visiting 
Blues  overcame squandering  a two-goal lead to beat Minnesota 3-2 and end the 
Wild's six-game winning streak at Xcel Energy Center. 

An  eighth straight  win  against the  Wild and  a  fifth consecutive  victory 
overall  vaulted StLouis ahead  of  Anaheim for  the  top spot  in the  NHL 
standings. 

Brian  Elliott had  17 saves  through regulation  and overtime  before turning 
away both Minnesota chances in the tiebreaker. 

"They (Wild) play a defensive shutdown system and we try and do the same," 
said Elliot on the challenges playing the Wild. "It's tough generating 
chances sometimes." 

Ilya  Bryzgalov made 20 saves in his debut with the Wild. He was acquired from 
Edmonton on Tuesday. 

Minnesota  had a chance  to end the game in regulation, with St. Louis forward 
Patrik  Berglund  whistled for  roughing with  1:29 to go.  The Wild failed to 
convert on the power play and the game was decided in a shootout. 

Oshie  used a  deke to the forward  and fired the puck over Bryzgalov's glove. 
After  Elliott  disrupted Mikko Koivu's attempt  with a poke check, Steen beat 
Bryzgalov on the blocker side with a wrist shot. 

"It would've been nice to get the two points, but I'm pretty pleased with the 
game our team played," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said. 

The  Blues  scored twice in  the first period  before Minnesota rallied with a 
pair of second-period strikes. 

Oshie  opened the scoring  on a power play at 3:37 and a turnover in their own 
zone  by the Wild led to Carlo Colaiacovo lighting the lamp on a shot from the 
high slot at 8:30. 

Jason  Pominville  put the Wild  on the board, firing  a wrister from the left 
circle in off the far post at 3:11 of the middle frame. 

Minnesota  tied  the game when  Koivu picked off  a clearing attempt along the 
boards  and dished to recent acquisition Matt Moulson, who redirected the pass 
in for his first goal with the Wild at 7:03. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Blues  improved to 18-0-1 against  Central Division teams this season ... 
Rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper had started 16 consecutive games for Minnesota 
... St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock earned his 649th career win to pass Ron 
Wilson for seventh place on the NHL's all-time list

 
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