ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Andrew Brunette saw a terrific pass coming, and
made the most of it.
Brunette converted on a pass from Marian Gaborik with Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson on the bench for a sixth attacker. The Blues had been penalized for having too many men on the ice with 1:25 left in the period. The Wild pulled Roloson with 36 seconds left giving them a two-man advantage.
"Marian made a fantastic pass and fooled everybody,'' Brunette
said. "It was a great pass. He made the play.''
Brunette's goal was his second of the season. He also added an
assist, his second of the year.
"We were in control there in the third period,'' said St. Louis
coach Joel Quenneville, whose team dropped its opener to Anaheim
4-3 on Thursday. "We let it get away.''
St. Louis outshot Minnesota 27-22. Roloson made 25 saves. St.
Louis goalie Fred Brathwaite had 20 saves, including two stops in
the final minute of overtime.
St. Louis wing Dallas Drake scored off his own rebound at 9:32
of the third period to give the Blues a 2-1 lead. Jamal Mayers
began the play by stealing the puck from Sergei Zholtok in the
Minnesota zone. Two defenders converged on Mayers, who slid the
puck over to Drake. Roloson made an initial pad save on Drake's
first shot. But Drake, who scored 11 goals last season, pounced on
the rebound and lifted the puck past Roloson for his first goal of
"We hustled and we made things happen,'' Drake said. "But we
still didn't get the win.''
St. Louis capitalized on a defensive miscue to lead 1-0 in the
second period. Blues wing Scott Mellanby intercepted a pass by
Lubomir Sekeras and sent a wrist shot past Roloson at 6:19. It was
the first goal of the season for Mellanby, who scored 15 last year.
Minnesota bounced back 57 seconds later to tie the game on a
power-play goal by Cliff Ronning. Brunette set up Ronning with a
perfect pass from behind the net. The goal came 33 seconds after
St. Louis center Eric Boguniecki was penalized for boarding.
"This was a big point for us, a big point,'' Minnesota coach
Jacques Lemaire said. "If we didn't play good positional hockey,
we'd have had no chance to be anywhere close.''
Quenneville felt the outcome was influenced by the late call
against his team for too many men on the ice.
"I take responsibility,'' Quenneville said. "We had six guys
on the ice. We should take responsibility for not winning.''
St. Louis goalie Brent Johnson, who led the team with 58
starts last year, remains sidelined with a high ankle sprain. He is
expected to miss at least two more weeks. Reinhard Divis has served
as the backup in both games this season. ... Minnesota is unbeaten
in its last three trips to Savvis Center. The Wild won both games
in St. Louis last season. ... Minnesota was coming off its first
opening-night win in the its three-year history. ...The Wild beat
Boston 5-1 on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center. ...The Minnesota
roster contains players from six countries, including 15 from
Canada and one from the United States.