GAME: Minnesota Wild (16-17-13-0) at St. Louis Blues (24-13-5-1).
TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST.
Eric Boguniecki came through when the St. Louis Blues needed him most
Thursday. Now, he looks to help the struggling Blues stay in the win column as
they host the Minnesota Wild at the Savvis Center.
Boguniecki, playing just his eighth game this season because of a shoulder
injury, scored two goals Thursday, including the game-winner, leading St. Louis
to a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Blues fell behind 1:05 into the final period, but Dallas Drake, Mark
Rycroft and Boguniecki each scored in the third to give the Blues just their
fourth win in 14 games.
"I thought we showed some resiliency to come back like that," St. Louis
coach Joel Quenneville said. "We needed it."
Chris Pronger also scored and Keith Tkachuk had two assists for the Blues.
"If you want to score goals, you have to go to the net," Tkachuk said.
"That's where the puck is going to be."
Boguniecki, who had 22 goals and 27 assists in his first full NHL campaign
last season, has four goals and one assist since returning to action Jan. 1. He
missed the Blues' first 35 games after injuring his shoulder in training camp.
"I don't feel any pressure," Boguniecki said. "When guys like me and
Rycroft score, it's a bonus. It takes the pressure off the other guys."
The Wild are coming off Friday's 4-2 victory over the struggling Pittsburgh
Penguins -- just their second win in 12 games (2-3-7).
Antti Laaksonen, Filip Kuba, Alexandre Daigle and Andrew Brunette scored in
a span of 5:20 in the third period for Minnesota, which is 0-4-4-0 in the
second of back-to-back games this season.
"We didn't want to lose at home, especially like this," Laaksonen said.
"It's hard to play when you have so much pressure on you. It's good to get
that first goal. That helped us a lot."