St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the final round of the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
After Jake Allen stopped a Jason Pominville wrister, Tarasenko skated in and snapped a wrister into the left corner of the net for the win.
Tarasenko also scored in regulation as did David Backes for the Blues, who have won four of their last five. Jake Allen posted 36 stops in the win.
"(Allen) saw a lot of rubber and did a phenomenal job of just giving us a chance," Backes said.
Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise scored goals for the Wild, who have lost three of their last five. Niklas Backstrom stopped 24 shots in the defeat.
"It's frustrating that we didn't get the win," said Parise. "I thought we played well enough."
After a scoreless first period, the Blues took a 1-0 lead just past the halfway mark of the second as Tarasenko grabbed the puck at the right point and skated all the way to the low left side before lifting the puck in for his 14th of the season.
Minnesota tied the game four minutes later when Koivu's wrister from the right circle beat Allen for his third of the year, and the Wild grabbed a 2-1 lead on the power play courtesy of Parise's blast from the top of the left circle with 59 seconds left in the second.
St. Louis, though, tied the game with 5:33 left in regulation as Patrik Berglund sent a short pass from the slot to the right wing where Backes quickly lifted the puck into the right corner.
Minnesota went 1-for-5 on the power play while St. Louis was 0-for-2 ... The Blues took four of the five games from the Wild last season ... St. Louis plays at Chicago on Wednesday ... Minnesota hosts Montreal on Wednesday.