No need to be afraid of losing shootouts when you have TJ Oshie and a pair of stellar goaltenders. The St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 3 to 2 Sunday, putting the Blues alone at the top of the Western Conference.
Brian Elliot stepped in net, giving Ryan Miller his first night off since becoming a member of the Blues last week, Elliot came up huge in the shootout, stoning Minnesota Wild stars including Team USA captain Zach Parise. TJ Oshie showed why he became American hockey’s rising star at the Sochi Olympic Games, as he led the Blues through the shootout by scoring over the glove of Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Alexander Steen also put one top shelf over the shoulder to seal the win for the Blues.
St. Louis got on the scoreboard first in regulation when they capitalized on a power play opportunity in the first period. TJ Oshie gave the Blues a one nothing lead, and shortly after Carlo Calaiacovo lifted the Blues to a 2 to 0 lead, still in the first period.
The Minnesota Wild answered back with two goals in the second period by Jason Pominville and Matt Moulson, respectively. The third period held at a stalemate which continued into overtime, resulting in a shootout. At this point, the Blues’ offensive firepower outmatched the Wild.
The Blues are now on a five game win streak and sitting in first place in the Western Conference. Their next game is at home against the Dallas Stars, Tuesday, March 11th, at 7PM (CST).