ST. PAUL, Minneapolis – Kirill Kaprizov scored a goal to lead the NHL rookie, Cam Talbot made 37 saves for his second suspension of the season and Minnesota Wild beat St. Louis Blues On Thursday night, with the result 2: 0, they extended their record series of victories at home to 11 games.
Marcus Johansson he also scored for Wild, who improved to 13-3 at Xcel Energy Center despite a 37-11 score. Talbot was 7-0 at home during their first season in Minnesota, with nine goals allowed.
“He just muffled everything, swallowed everything. He was so good, ”said wild coach Dean Evason. “Yes, we didn’t own much. They are. They are really good. But we hung there. We hung out there because our goalkeeper gave us that opportunity to hang out there. ”
Wild have 15-4-1 with four exclusions in their last 20 games. During their home run, they have a 35-14 point advantage. The Blues have been 2-4-3 in the last nine games.
“I’m not going to make up for two goals against,” coach Craig Berube said. “If we play hockey like that, we’re going to get a lot of hockey games.”
Blues goalkeeper Jordan Binnington took his first defeat by Wild in four career starts. He allowed only three goals in the first three games.
The Blues postponed two games here last month due to a virus outbreak on the Wild, so this match was the first of eight planned over a 38-day period. With a growing gap between the top four teams in the division – Vegas, Colorado, Minnesota and St. Louis. Louis – and the bottom four clubs, these Blues-Wild games down the stock will paint a major part of the playoffs.
“We’re finding ways to win,” Johansson said. “These two points can mean a lot in the end.”
Johansson scored 5:46 in the second half after a smooth setting of giving and going Kevin Fiala, who pulled out a defense from Binnington ‘s right and returned the puck over the ice to the 11 – year – old’ s right – wing net into the open net.
This was followed by a goal by Kaprizov, who leads all newcomers to the league in goals (11), assists (16) and shots (80). In a 1 on 1 run against the Blues defender Torey circle, Kaprizov pulled his toe to slow down slightly and made Krug think he could move inside. He then accelerated back and made a short side, bad angle past Binnington and just below the crossbar.
Brayden Schenn dropped his gloves as he fell tonight: “Five goals or five goals or five shots – I certainly didn’t get any of that, but I guess I got a five-minute penalty for Bobby … He was a special man and we will miss him very much. ” #stlblues pic.twitter.com/26p2TLzAiE
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ON TOP OF HIS GAME
Talbot came to Minnesota to try to re-establish himself as the No. 1 legitimate goalkeeper, as he did while sharing the net with a rookie Kaapo Kahkonen.
“I’m just trying to reward their trust in me over the summer,” said Talbot, who signed a three-year contract worth $ 11 million.
The only accident Talbot had in this one was an air puck that found its way into his face mask during the second period, requiring repair.
“Great Mask Bounce Control,” Center Ryan Hartman dead. “All in all, just a shiny rock.”
Wild held a moment of silence before the game in a largely empty arena – the first game with ticket sales in less than two weeks – in honor of former Blues defender Bobby Plager. One of the franchise’s original players, Plager was killed in a car accident on Wednesday.
Center Brayden Schenn he asked Hartman to fight immediately after the introductory fight, a move designed to raise the stray blues. They received mandatory higher fines.
“I guess I got five for Bobby tonight,” Schenn said. “Apparently it’s been a few tough days around organizing the Blues with the news and just the way he touched the players.”
Johansson has three goals in 13 games for Wild in his debut season. He missed more than a month with an unspecified upper body injury before returning to the squad on Monday. … Wild scored 0 for 3 in his NHL’s worst power play and fell below 10% of the season (10 for 103). … Wild defender Matt Dumba (lower body) has returned from absence due to injury in three games.
Blues: Return home to Anaheim on Friday and Sunday.
Wild: Start your four-game trip to San Jose on Monday with another game there on Wednesday.