ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - 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 night 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."
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.
|Martin Havlat (1) Snap shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (1)|
1 - 0 MIN
|PPG - Philip McRae (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Boyes (1), Adam Cracknell (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Graham Mink (1) Snap shot - ASST: David Backes (1)|
2 - 1 STL
|PPG - Alexander Steen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: David Backes (2), David Perron (1)|
3 - 1 STL
|PPG - David Perron (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyson Strachan (1), Eric Brewer (1)|
4 - 1 STL
|Jay McClement (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Porter (1), Nikita Nikitin (1)|
5 - 1 STL
|Eric Brewer Hooking - 2 min against Mikko Koivu|
|Brad Staubitz Cross checking - 2 min against Tyler Shattock|
|Cam Janssen Charging - 2 min against Cal Clutterbuck|
|Robbie Earl Slashing - 2 min against David Shields|
|Cam Janssen Holding - 2 min against Brent Burns|
|Guillaume Latendresse Roughing - 2 min against Roman Polak|
|Antti Miettinen Slashing - 2 min against Ian Cole|
|Cam Janssen Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Brad Staubitz|
|Brad Staubitz Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Cam Janssen|
|Brad Staubitz Unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min|
|Brad Staubitz Cross checking - 2 min against Alexander Steen|
|Justin Falk Hi-sticking - 2 min against Chris Porter|
|Stefan Della Rovere Tripping - 2 min against Justin Falk|