More overtime for the Blues and, for the third time this week, they won.
Ryan O'Reilly scored 2:27 into overtime as the Blues beat Minnesota 4-3 on Saturday night in St. Paul, Minn. The Blues also won in overtime in Detroit on Sunday and at home on Friday night against Columbus. In both of those games, David Perron had the game-winner.
The Blues have won four in a row (all by one goal, three in overtime) and six of their past seven. They now have two off days before playing again in Vancouver on Tuesday.
"I don't think we panic," coach Craig Berube said. "We stay with it. Things don't go your way all the time, you have to keep battling."
Other than O'Reilly's goal, the Blues got their scoring from close range.
"We took pucks to the net tonight, got a couple dirty goals out of it," Berube said. "Good to see."
Jake Allen got the win, his 138th with the Blues. That puts him alone in second place on the Blues' all-time list, with one more than Curtis Joseph and trailing only Mike Liut, who has 151.
The overtime wasn't as short as Friday night, when Perron scored eight seconds in. This time, the Blues were on their second lap through the lines, having the puck almost the entire time, when O'Reilly skated the puck into the zone, cut back to his left to shake a defender and then from the slot fired it home.
It was the fourth goal of the season for O'Reilly. Robert Thomas and Vince Dunn got the assists on the goal though neither was on the ice when O'Reilly scored.
It was a bumpy ride for the Blues, who continue to have the breaks go their way. On the tying goal by Sammy Blais, the Wild, their fans and their coach, Bruce Boudreau, were up in arms that Blais had not been called for tripping right before he scored. Tyler Bozak got the puck in the corner and fed Blais, who jammed it into the net.
Boudreau was so incensed he got a bench minor, though the Blues couldn't score on that power play. Shortly after that one ended, Matt Dumba was called for tripping Blais, but the Blues couldn't score on that power play. They were 0 for 3 with a man advantage in the game.
Earlier, Boudreau and the Wild were incensed when a goal was wiped out by goalie interference on a replay review.
"There’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be up 4-2 going into the third period<" Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk said, "and there’s no reason the game should have even been tied 3-3, so anybody that watches hockey knows that when you wrap your free arm around somebody, that the whistle gets blown."
The Blues saw their one-goal lead become a one-goal deficit after the second period on Saturday night in St. Paul, Minn., though if they're looking for any solace, they can feel fortunate they're only down one goal.
Minnesota scored twice in the second to take a 3-2 lead, and a fourth goal for the Wild was overturned for goaltender interference after a challenge by the Blues. The Wild didn't agree with the ruling.
Kevin Fiala evened the game with a goal 1:01 into the period, shooting under a pile of players in the faceoff circle and catching goalie Jake Allen unprepared for the shot.
Minnesota went ahead 4:39 into the period. The Wild had a power play and had an even bigger edge when Alexander Steen's stick broke and, with the long change in the second period, couldn't get a new one. The Blues looked to have cleared the puck, but Minnesota's Brad Hunt swatted it down at the blueline. Two passes led to Mats Zuccarello being open for an easy tap in.
With 5:29 to go in the period, it looked like it had become a 4-2 lead on a shot by Mikko Koivu that caromed in off of Colton Parayko. But the Blues challenged for goaltender interference, risking a minor penalty, and the refs ruled that Zach Parise had caught Allen with an elbow to the head which affected his ability to make the save.
It was the second challenge this season for the Blues and they are now 2-2. The other time they had a successful challenge, on an offside call against Dallas, it ended up being the turning point in the game. Tonight, the Blues outshot Minnesota 7-1 after the reversal in the second period.
"I thought he was bumped when I looked it," Berube said. "Kind of a tight call. Different circumstances at the time, you don't call it. Them going up by two, I thought it was a good time to challenge it, no matter what."
“I don’t really agree with it," Parise said. "To me, I felt I was a good foot outside the crease. To me, I’m there. That’s my ice. I’m not blocking him. He skates into me. I don’t think that’s my fault.”
"That’s a joke," Dubnyk said of the overturned goal. "I’ve said it over and over, the decisions you see made on the reviews, you just never know what you’re getting. That’s probably the worst I’ve seen since they brought the review in."
"It helped them out a lot," Parise said. "That was a big momentum swing, and then it felt like we just played [in the defensive] zone the rest of the game.”
The Blues outshot Minnesota 12-6 in the period and almost had a goal late in the period only to have Hunt, briefly a Blue, knock a puck headed for the net away with his glove.
It was a night of breakthroughs for the Blues, as Mackenzie MacEachern and Carl Gunnarsson each got their first goals of the season as the Blues took a 2-1 lead after the first period.
MacEachern's goal was another product of the solid play by the Blues' fourth line. They produced a goal and about one-fourth of the Blues shot attempts on Friday night against Columbus. On his goal, which tied the game at 1-1, he deflected the puck in the air. He went to knock it in but whiffed on it but Dubnyk swatted at it with glove and knocked it in.
Gunnarsson got his goal with 5:35 to go in the period, having the puck in front of the net, skating out in front and slipping it through a crowd.
The Blues had fallen behind early on a goal by Marcus Foligno, who redirected in a shot from Jared Spurgeon past goalie Jake Allen, who got the start as the Blues played the second half of back-to-back games.
It was another less-than-great period for the Blues, who were outshot 10-6. The Wild also had a 21-16 edge on shot attempts.
Meanwhile, in San Antonio, Jordan Kyrou is making his season debut as he comes back from offseason knee surgery.