Wild.com's Tyler Savitsky gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-3 overtime loss against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday night:
1. The Wild came away with one point.
After Sammy Blais evened the game up at 3-3 6:05 into the third, and the Wild took two consecutive minor penalties, it seemed the momentum was shifting in St. Louis' favor, but the Wild were able to ride out the storm and force overtime.
Majority of overtime was played in the Wild's zone and 2:27 into the extra period, Ryan O'Reilly scored the game-winning goal over Devan Dubnyk's right shoulder.
Although they did not get the win, it was the fourth consecutive game at Xcel Energy Center that the Wild have come away with a point, recording seven points in that span. The team has had much more success at home this season, but unfortunately, the Wild will now go on a four game West Coast road trip, and will not play again in St. Paul until Nov. 14.
Dubnyk made 25 saves in the loss, while Blues goaltender Jake Allen made 20 saves.
2. The Wild were able to get out to a fast start.
The play started with Marcus Foligno diving at the blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone, with Jordan Greenway then finding Joel Eriksson Ek, who was able to get the puck to Jared Spurgeon. Spurgeon perfectly found Foligno racing towards the net and he was able to redirect it into the net 2:26 into the game.
It was the earliest goal the Wild have scored all season.
Video: STL@MIN: Foligno tips Spurgeon's shot past Allen
The momentum continued as less than 40 seconds later, Luke Kunin hit the post on a bouncing shot that got past Blues goalie Jake Allen.
The game took a quick turn as the Blues scored two goals in the first period to take the advantage after one.
3. Zuccarello gets on the scoresheet again.
After a slow start to the season, followed by a lower-body injury, Mats Zuccarello has begun to take form as of late. With the game tied 2-2 early in the second period and the Wild on a power play, Zuccarello one-timed a pass from Eric Staal before Jake Allen could slide across the net.
Video: STL@MIN: Zuccarello buries Staal's pass on power play
Zuccarello is now on a three-game point streak and has scored goals in each of the last two games.
Later on in the period, it apperared that Mikko Koivu gave the Wild a 4-2 lead with just over five minutes, but after a lengthy review on a St. Louis challenge, it was ruled that there was goaltender interference on Zach Parise.