ST. LOUIS (AP) -Paul Kariya scored in his first game action in almost a year to help the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night over the Minnesota Wild in the preseason opener for both teams.
Erik Johnson also returned for St. Louis, which got goals from Kariya and Chris Porter 29 seconds apart in the first period.
Derek Armstrong had a goal and an assist. Benoit Pouliot scored with under a minute to play for the Wild.
Kariya, who missed all but 11 games a season ago after having surgery on both hips, played for the first time since Nov. 5, 2008. Johnson, the No. 1 pick of 2006, also saw his first action for the Blues since missing all of last season with a knee injury.
Unlike the Blues, Minnesota brought mostly minor league players.
Kariya got the Blues on the board 4:25 into the opening period, beating Wild goalie Anton Khudobin using defenseman Jamie Fraser as a screen. Porter scored 29 seconds later off an assist from Armstrong, who is in camp with the Blues on a pro tryout.
Chris Mason stopped all 10 shots he faced for the Blues before being replaced by St. Louis native Ben Bishop midway through the second period.