St. Louis G Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots to earn his third straight shutout as St. Louis claimed a 2-0 victory Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. D Roman Polak and C Andy McDonald scored for the Blues, while Wild G Niklas Backstrom made 18 saves in the loss. The Wild finishes its three-game homestand with a contest against Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota moved to 13-6-1 at Xcel Energy Center this season and 9-6-0 in its last 15 games overall. Tonight’s attendance of 18,947 was the Wild’s 16th straight sellout at Xcel Energy Center and 18th of the season.
The Blues claimed their sixth straight victory, their third straight shutout win. St. Louis extended its shutout streak of opponents to 181:24.
St. Louis earned a win in the final meeting between the teams this season, sweeping the three-game series against the Wild this year.
Wild saw its home scoreless streak extend to 153:01. Minnesota has been involved in four straight games that ended in a shutout.
G Niklas Backstrom stopped 18-of-20 shots in the loss. He has posted a 1.01 GAA and a .960 SV% in his last three games, going 1-2-0 in that span.
The Wild allowed the game’s first goal for the seventh time in its last eight games. That stretch comes after Minnesota opened the scoring in 10-of-11 contests.