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Perron's first goal helps Blues beat Wild 3-1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:16 AM

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Perron's first goal helps Blues beat Wild 3-1
Minnesota Wild 1, St. Louis Blues 3

David Perron finally got on the scoresheet. The St. Louis Blues finally got a win at the Scottrade Center.

David Perron had a first-period assist and a shorthanded goal in the second period for his first two points of the season in the Blues' 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Perron, a 50-point scorer in 2008-09 who had been moved to a checking line after a slow start, assisted on Jay McClement's goal 56 seconds into the game for his first point of the season. The 21-year-old got his first goal 5:21 into the second period when he came down right wing on a 2-on-1 break, opted to shoot and fired a 15-footer from the right circle past Niklas Backstrom's stick.

"Obviously, they want me to play my game and be aggressive on the puck," Perron said. "That's how we're going to get the scoring chances, and that's what we did.

"I'm looking forward to keep playing with these guys."

Newcomer Chuck Kobasew got the Wild within a goal at 18:42 when he swatted a loose puck behind Chris Mason. It was Kobasew's first goal since being acquired by the Wild from Boston earlier this week.

However, the Blues limited Minnesota to just four shots in the third period and 21 for the game. Brad Boyes sealed the win by hitting the empty net with 14.4 seconds remaining for only his second goal of the season.

"The third period was textbook," Mason said. "We didn't give them anything. We didn't get anything but we shut them down."

It was another frustrating night for Wild coach Todd Richards.

"I really thought we were going to get the tying goal in the third," he said. "There really wasn't a lot of room out there."

It was a complete turnaround for the Blues, who were completely dominated in a 5-1 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday -- a game in which they were outshot 20-3 in the opening period and 43-23 for the game.

"That might have been our best first period of the year, especially coming off a really poor effort at Pittsburgh," Mason said.

The Wild (2-7-0) has lost all seven of their road games while being outscored 25-12. They are 2-0-0 at the Xcel Energy Center, where they host Carolina on Saturday night.

The Blues had lost their first two games at Scottrade Center after winning twice against Detroit in Stockholm -- one of those was considered a "home" game.

The Blues came out storming and took a quick lead when McClement pounded home a rebound just 56 seconds into the game.

"We got off to a great start," Boyes said. "Getting that goal right away really helped set the tone."

Only a brilliant period by Backstrom kept the game close -- St. Louis outshot Minnesota 15-4 in the opening 20 minutes.

"You have to figure out by now how to be ready when the game starts," Backstrom said. "We can't afford to do this every night."

--John Kreiser, NHL.com

scoring summary
1st Period
00:56
STL
Jay McClement (2) Wrist shot - ASST: David Perron (1), Tyson Strachan (2)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
05:21
STL
SHG - David Perron (1) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 STL
18:42
MIN
Chuck Kobasew (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Belanger (7), Shane Hnidy (2)
2 - 1 STL
3rd Period
19:45
STL
EN - Brad Boyes (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Keith Tkachuk (5), Paul Kariya (3)
3 - 1 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:24
MIN
Brent Burns  Interference against  Brad Winchester
14:29
MIN
Nathan Smith  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
14:29
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Nathan Smith
18:14
STL
Brad Winchester  Roughing against  John Scott
18:14
MIN
John Scott  Roughing against  Brad Winchester
18:14
MIN
John Scott  Roughing against  Brad Winchester
2nd Period
02:39
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo  Hooking against  Mikko Koivu
04:22
STL
Tyson Strachan  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:44
MIN
Benoit Pouliot  Tripping against  Roman Polak
11:43
MIN
Chuck Kobasew  Roughing against  Tyson Strachan
15:21
MIN
Eric Belanger  Hooking against  Cam Janssen
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 25TOI: 59:17
Saves: 23EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 2
Chris Mason
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0