St. Louis at Minnesota

    Blues 5, Wild 1


    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- David Perron had a goal and an assist and Ben Bishop made 23 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat Minnesota 5-1 on Wednesday in a preseason game that ended the Wild's franchise-long home sellout streak at 409 games. The crowd was announced at 16,219.

    "I'd start with the economy. That's probably the biggest factor," Wild CEO Matt Majka said. "After that we just have to get better as an organization, on the ice and off the ice."

    Alex Steen, Jay McClement, Philip McRae and Graham Mike also scored for the Blues (1-1).

    Martin Havlat scored 42 seconds into the game for the Wild in their exhibition opener.

    "It took us a little bit to get our legs under us," Bishop said. "After their first goal, we responded really well. The guys played a great game. We really took it to them for the last 50 minutes."

    The teams will meet again Friday night in St. Louis.

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    Scoring Summary
    1st Period
    :42Martin Havlat - Assist: Mikko Koivu
    9:45Power Play - Philip McRae - Assists: Brad Boyes and Adam Cracknell
    10:57Graham Mink - Assist: David Backes
    16:12Power Play - Alex Steen - Assists: David Backes and David Perron
    2nd Period
    7:24Power Play - David Perron - Assists: Tyson Strachan and Eric Brewer
    12:18Jay McClement - Assists: Chris Porter and Nikita Nikitin
    Penalty Summary
    1st Period
    1:30Eric Brewer: hooking - minor
    8:28Brad Staubitz: cross-checking - minor
    12:22Cam Janssen: charging - minor
    15:30Robbie Earl: slashing - minor
    17:55Cam Janssen: holding - minor
    19:56Guillaume Latendresse: roughing - minor
    2nd Period
    7:13Antti Miettinen: slashing - minor
    13:26Cam Janssen: fighting - major
    13:26Brad Staubitz: fighting - major
    19:19Brad Staubitz: cross-checking - minor
    19:19Brad Staubitz: unsportsmanlike-conduct - minor
    3rd Period
    2:24Justin Falk: high-sticking - minor
    15:33Stefan Della Rovere: tripping - minor
    Shots on Goal
    St. Louis9910-28
    Ben Bishop59:37231
    Niklas Backstrom39:53135
    Anton Khudobin20:00100
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    Referees - Marc Joannette, Frederick L'Ecuyer
    Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Brad Kovachik
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