Published April 28, 2016
Jori Lehtera had a goal and an assist, and Brian Elliott made 38 saves as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Saturday night.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Blues, who got their first regulation win in four tries against the Wild and improved to 8-3-1 in their last 12 at home.
Matt Dumba scored late in the second for the Wild, who lost their 10th game in their last 11.
Elliott improved to 7-3-2 since taking over for the injured Jake Allen (lower body), including making 23 saves in the second period.
Minnesota's 24 shots in the second period set a franchise road record for any period and was St. Louis' season high for shots given up in a period.
Tarasenko's power-play goal at 2:47 of the second gave the Blues a 1-0 lead and broke an 0-for-24 slump for St. Louis on the man advantage. It was also Tarasenko's fifth goal in his last six games against the Wild.
It took the Blues just 8 seconds into their next power play to convert when the puck went off Lehtera's leg to make it 2-0 at 9:19 of the second.
Stastny scored his 12th goal and recorded his 34th career point in 53 games against the Wild at 16:51 of the second.
The three-goal second period by the Blues equaled the team's total offensive output for the previous four games.
Brouwer's goal early in the third period was the Blues' third power-play goal of the game. It's the first time since Jan. 6, 2015, that the Blues scored three power play goals in a game.
Dumba's power-play goal late in the second gave him two goals and two assists in three games since the All-Star break.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk entered with a 2-0-1 record against the Blues this season with a .935 save percentage, but stopped just five of eight shots in the second period as the Blues broke it open.
NOTES: The Wild recalled F Tyler Graovac from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and placed D Jonas Brodin on injured reserve. Brodin is expected to miss 3-to-6 weeks with a broken foot suffered on Feb. 4. ... Blues D Alex Pietrangelo notched his 20th assist of the season Thursday. Pietrangelo has at least 20 assists in each of his first five full NHL seasons. ... Wild F Jason Zucker and F Thomas Vanek were healthy scratches. Vanek (14 goals) and Zucker (11 goals) are two of the team's top four goal-scorers this season. ... Blues F Scottie Upshall picked up his 500th career penalty minute with a high-sticking minor late in the first period.