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Roman Polak's first NHL goal leads Blues to 4-2 win over Wild

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ST. LOUIS - Roman Polak's first NHL goal helped the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday night and snap a five-game losing streak.

The Blues also got goals from Patrik Berglund, David Backes and Jay McClement, and Manny Legace stopped 24 shots in his return to the lineup after being out four games due to a concussion.

The Wild, who snapped a six-game winless streak with a victory at home over the New York Islanders on Friday, got goals from Nick Schultz and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

Bouchard's seventh goal tied it 2:21 into the third period, but Polak's first career goal 30 seconds later gave the Blues a 3-2 edge. Polak got a pass from Brad Boyes at the side of the net for an easy tap-in past Niklas Backstrom after Boyes initially fanned on a shot.

Bouchard took Antti Miettinen's pass in the slot and whirled a backhand shot past Legace.

Berglund's 11th goal gave the Blues a 1-0 lead 1:19 into the game after a Wild turnover. He took a short pass from Cam Janssen and snapped a shot past Backstrom.

Andrew Brunette nearly tied it on Minnesota's first power play, but a sprawled Legace kept the puck out of the net with Brunette in the crease three minutes into the first.

Schultz tied it at one with his first goal of the season, as his shot from the left circle deflected in off Polak's skate at 5:59 of the first.

Backes gave the Blues the lead again 10:30 into the period, getting a cross-ice feed from Polak and beating Backstrom with a high shot.

The Wild's Stephane Veilleux missed out a golden opportunity in the second to tie the game 2-2, but his shot from close range following a bad giveaway by Tyson Strachan was wide of the net 6:26 into the period.

McClement's empty-netter with 15 seconds remaining sealed the win for the Blues.

Notes: Blues D Eric Brewer is sidelined indefinitely after undergoing successful back surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc. Brewer joins forwards Paul Kariya (hip), Andy McDonald (fractured ankle), T.J. Oshie (high ankle sprain), and D.J. King (dislocated shoulder), and D Jay McKee (fractured finger) on the injured list. ... Wild F Eric Belanger (illness) missed his second straight game. D Marc-Andre Bergeron (lower body injury) did not accompany the team to St. Louis. ... Backes had goals in four straight games and seven in 11. He scored six in the first 28 games.

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