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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).

Melissa White started playing ice hockey when she was only six years old. She spent her youth playing hockey in Seattle, Washington. She played with the boys until she was old enough to make the switch to a competitive girl's under 19 hockey team at the age of 12. Melissa played NCAA Division III college hockey in Buffalo, New York, for the Buffalo State Bengals. She was named Rookie of the Year and voted Assistant Captain during her junior season. Presently, Melissa manages and coaches a U-19 girl's team and an ACHA men's college team. Her favorite teams are the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. She fell in love with the Devils on her sixth birthday when she received an autographed Martin Brodeur puck from her parents. Melissa is also attending Bradley University and pursuing a degree in Sports Communication.

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