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Wild Prospects Fall To Blues At Traverse City

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

In its final divisional game at the Traverse City Tournament, the Minnesota Wild lost to the St. Louis Blues, 7-1.

Minnesota trailed 2-0 until forward Reid Duke scored late in the second period to make it 2-1. St. Louis responded with a goal just over two minutes later, and another with 25 seconds remaining in the second period to stretch its lead to three. The Blues scored three more goals in the third period to pull away.

"We just came out flat for whatever reason and St. Louis came out and played hard," said Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr. "They got the early lead. We came back and finished strong late in the first but we came out in the second and gave up a couple of power play goals, and ended up giving up three power play goals against."

Where special teams had done a good job earlier in the tournament, the Wild conceded three power-play goals on Monday, while also allowing a shorthanded goal.

"Giving up those types of goals, and giving up a shorty was a huge difference in the game," Flahr said. "Our power play chances, we were able to move it around and do some things, but as far as the penalty kill, they have a couple of guys who can really shoot the puck, and obviously we didn't do a great job of killing, and they were able to capitalize."

Though the Wild won't be playing for the tournament championship, with training camp beginning on Thursday, and invitations still up for grabs, Flahr said there's still plenty to play for Tuesday when the Wild play its last game at Traverse City.

The Wild's opponent has yet to be determined.

"For some of them, it's their last chance to earn a spot in the main camp," Flahr said. "We just want to see these guys compete and get one more opportunity to show what they can do."

Flahr did highlight defensemen Mike Reilly and Gustav Olofsson as players who had strong performances.

"Both played well, and generated a lot from the back end," Flahr said. "Those are the type of guys we expect a lot from. We just don't happen to have a lot of our high picks at the camp because they're college guys, or in Europe, but at the same time, Olofsson and Reilly are higher profile guys, and expected to be leaders on this team, and they have been."

Forward Grayson Downing, who Flahr said exited the game due to an injury on Monday, will not be available Tuesday.

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