ST. LOUIS (AP)
Yakupov had a goal and an assist and
St. Louis acquired Yakupov, a former first overall draft pick by Edmonton in 2012, from the Oilers in a trade on Oct. 7. Placed on a line with Paajarvi, whom he played with in Edmonton, and Berglund, they totaled five points against the Wild.
''I was nervous a little bit, the first time to play in this building with a new team, it does add a little pressure,'' Yakupov said. ''But I think we did pretty good as a line, had a good couple of shifts and got our legs going.''
Yakupov put the Blues ahead 2-1 on his first career slap shot goal at 12:36 of the second. The shot went off
''He's got a great wrister, but obviously the slapper was a good one today,'' Paajarvi said. ''He's quick and his shot is quick.''
Dubnyk didn't see the shot off the blade.
''It was right at my ear so I caught a pretty good piece of it and anytime you get a piece of something you would like to have a little bit more of it,'' Dubnyk said. ''I was happy with where I was on the play and next time I'll catch it.''
Yakupov found Paajarvi as the last man on a 3-on-2 rush to give the Blues a 3-1 lead early in the third.
''I had a decision where I'm going to shoot or I have to find a seam,'' Yakupov said. ''I think I made a really good decision to pass to Maggy. Sometimes you have to take risks to make a new step.''
Steen's goal came off an unintended assist by
The Blues outshot the Wild 14-2 in the first period, but Allen came up big on the Wild's first shot of the game making a pad save on a short-handed partial break by
''Some moments where I didn't have shots for 10 minutes and then I get a break away, but that's my job to be ready when they come after me,'' said Allen, who was playing in his first home opener.
Suter drew the Wild even three minutes into the second period. A turnover by
Allen kept the game even robbing
Dubnyk had 28 saves.
NOTES: Blues F
Wild: Have their home opener against Winnipeg on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Blues: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday at 7 p.m.