The St. Louis Blues did what better teams, such as Calgary, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Vancouver couldn't do: they put the Minnesota Wild to sleep. And, when the Wild finally woke up, they figured out two points in the standings had been stolen from them, all too late.
T. J. Oshie's goal early in the third period stood up as the Wild semi-saw their four game winning streak come to an unsatisfactory end, losing 1-0 at Scottrade Center in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 19,150, many of whom failed to show up as the Blues ran their regular-season consecutive win streak against the Wild in the Mound City to four, dating back to February 10, 2008.
Oshie made up the only offense on this evening, which was mostly due to Josh Harding's stand-up goaltending which made up for the lack of Wild offense, as the Wild sleepwalked their way thru the first two periods. By the time the sonambulatory Wild started to play like they actually had in the last four games, there was less than 5 minutes left in the game and the Blues proved to be too fresh for the Wild, who were playing their fourth game in six nights.
The Wild have a chance to make up for opportunity lost, but it will not be easy, as the road trip continues in the NEXT GAME: at Phoenix, Saturday, Jan. 16, 7:00 PM Central (6:00 PM Mountain) Time, Jobing.com Arena. (Wild TV: KSTC-45; No Coyotes TV; XM Radio, Ch. 209).