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St.  Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Brodziak scored two goals to help the 
Minnesota  Wild end a nine-game losing streak against the St. Louis Blues with 
a 4-2 win at Xcel Energy Center. 

Nino  Niederreiter added a goal and one assist for the Wild, who are streaking 
into  the  playoffs. Minnesota,  which  had  previously clinched  the  Western 
Conference's  first  wild card  spot, has  won four straight  and picked up at 
least a point in its last seven games (6-0-1). 

John Curry, the fifth goalie to start a game for the Wild this season, made 43 
saves in his debut with the club. 

"He's  a gamer  and a battler. He showed that tonight. Obviously, very pleased 
for  him. It was a long road back for him," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said 
about Curry. 

While  Minnesota is rolling, St. Louis saw its losing streak grow to a season- 
worst  four  straight. The Blues were  leapfrogged by Colorado for first place 
in  the  Central Division. Both teams  have 111 points, but the Avalanche have 
more non-shootout wins. 

Ryan  Miller was pulled  in the third period after allowing four goals on just 
13 shots. 

The tone of the game changed in the second period, when Minnesota forward Mike 
Rupp caught St. Louis forward T.J. Oshie with a shoulder to the head. 

The  hit, which occurred on a delayed high-sticking penalty to Wild defenseman 
Marco  Scandella, drew  a match penalty and gave the Blues a two-minute 5-on-3 
power play at 10:30. 

"Obviously, (Oshie) is out. He's like everything else at this time of year, 
he's day-to-day, but certainly a tough hit to take right now," said Blues head 
coach Ken Hitchcock. 

St.   Louis  defenseman  Kevin  Shattenkirk  scored  on  the  ensuing  two-man 
advantage, tying the game at 1-1 at 11:05. 

Not much went right for the Blues during the rest of the power play. 

The  Wild  quickly reclaimed the  lead with  a shorthanded goal. Brodziak, who 
hadn't scored since March 8, buried the rebound of a Matt Cooke shot at 12:24. 

St. Louis, however, tied it with a shorthanded tally of its own. 

Minnesota  defenseman Ryan  Suter mishandled  the puck  at the  offensive blue 
line,  resulting in a rush for the Blues. Jaden Schwartz converted a feed from 
Alexander Steen at 16:01 of the second. 

The  Wild moved back ahead seconds after the power play ended, as Matt Moulson 
put home a saucer pass from Dany Heatley with 2:30 left in the second. 

Brodziak  scored  his second goal  58 seconds into the  third period for a 4-2 
advantage. 

The Blues  had a healthy  17-5 shot advantage in  the first period, but found 
themselves trailing 1-0 on Niederreiter's deflection goal at 14:02. 

                                   Game Notes 

Minnesota  captain  Mikko Koivu played in  his 600th career NHL game ... Curry 
played  in his fifth career NHL game and first since Jan. 16, 2010 as a member 
of  the  Pittsburgh Penguins ... St.  Louis' last four-game losing streak came 
during  a  five-game slide from Feb.  1-11 last season ... Blues captain David 
Backes  missed the game with a lower-body injury ... Wild defenseman Christian 
Folin made his NHL debut. 

 
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