ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Skating four-on-four in overtime is supposed to make it
easier to score. Not when the Minnesota Wild are playing.
Doug Weight scored on a power play with 1:37 remaining in regulation to give
the St. Louis Blues a 2-2 tie on Saturday night, the Wild's NHL-leading 14th
tie of the season. It also extended the Wild's overtime unbeaten streak to 24
"I guess we're trying to get a tie," coach Jacques Lemaire said, laughing.
"No, we don't do anything different.
"We're trying to score a goal. Only our offensive players are out there at
that time. There's no checkers out there."
Weight's 10th goal answered a power-play goal by Minnesota's Nick Schultz
with 3:31 left.
The Blues pulled goalie Chris Osgood with 2:15 to go for a six-on-four
advantage with Filip Kuba off for tripping. Weight, ending a nine-game goal
drought, backhanded Pavol Demitra's shot from the point past Manny Fernandez to
send the game to overtime.
The teams have tied twice in the last two weeks, playing to a 1-1 deadlock
on Jan. 5 in St. Louis. That's a common occurrence for the Wild, the only team
in the league without an overtime decision. Since overtime was reinstated in
1983, the record for consecutive overtime games ending in a tie in a season is
15 by the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings.
The Wild's last overtime loss was Dec. 3, 2002, in a 2-1 setback to the
"They didn't really try to make too many plays, they were just getting it
out and trying to kill time," Blues defenseman Chris Pronger said. "They're
just waiting for us to make a mistake.
"If they don't get that, they're probably not going to muster much."
Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for the Wild, who earned the tie despite
being outshot 34-17 and going 1-for-6 with the man advantage. A strong game
from Fernandez, who stopped Keith Tkachuk on a breakaway with 1:23 to go in
overtime, offset those deficiencies.
Tkachuk's chance was a rare breakdown for the Wild.
"I've had liked to see (Tkachuk) score on that breakaway in overtime,"
coach Joel Quenneville said. "We stayed with it and played the way we had to
Chris Osgood of the Blues wasn't tested as often. But he also stopped a
breakaway in overtime, thwarting Alexander Daigle with 42 seconds to go, and
Daigle had a good chance early in the extra period.
"We'd like to win in one of these overtimes," Daigle said. "We'll keep
Minnesota had a strong game despite playing on consecutive nights, beating
Pittsburgh 4-2 Friday on four third-period goals in a franchise-record 5:20.
The Wild are 2-3-8 in their last 13 games.
Scott Mellanby also scored for the Blues, who are in a 4-7-4 slump. St.
Louis is 2-0-2 in its last four against the Wild.
Blues players see signs that their midseason slump is ending.
"We believe in ourselves, and we're going to try to get out of this
together," Weight said. "Every team goes through this. It's not because guys
Bouchard and Andrew Brunette worked a give-and-go to give the Wild the lead.
Bouchard had an empty net for the return pass, getting his third goal at 3:21
of the second period.
The Blues had a 13-6 advantage in shots in the second and tied it at 14:16
on Mellanby's rebound shot. Mellanby tapped in a backhander after Fernandez
stopped Tkachuk's one-timer.