Harding wins 4th straight, Wild beat Blues 2-1
Saturday, November 5, 2011
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Josh Harding stopped 30 shots to win his fourth straight start, and Dany Heatley and Guillaume Latendresse each scored for Minnesota as the Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Saturday night.
The Wild won their fourth straight in a physical game that at one point had a combined 11 players in the penalty boxes at the same time.
Jamie Langenbrunner scored his first goal of the season with two minutes to play. The Blues pulled goalie Jaroslav Halak with 1:26 to go, but couldn't get another shot past Harding.
Halak stopped 24 shots but lost his fifth consecutive start. A night after ending a two-game skid in a 3-2 win at home against Vancouver, the Blues had a rough time getting the puck out of their zone and lost their third straight road game.
Harding has stopped all but three of the 131 shots he's faced during this four-game stretch and has a .977 save percentage with a 0.75 goals-against average.
Two nights after notching a franchise-record 45 shots at home against the Canucks, Minnesota came out aggressive again against the Blues but didn't get many clear looks at the net early. After a scoreless first period that featured a combined 10 shots, the Wild went up 1-0 when Heatley scored his fourth goal of the season, beating Halak to the glove side on a 2-on-1 at 11:39.
Latendresse made it 2-0 seven minutes later on a pretty backhander after intercepting an ugly clearing attempt by Alex Pietrangelo.
Things got chippy in the second when Langenbrunner sparked a 10-man scrum by pushing Marek Zidlicky into the post after Harding froze the puck. The officials handed 5-minute penalties to three players from each team.
NOTES: Minnesota is 7-1-2 against the Western Conference and 4-0-1 against the Central Division. ... St. Louis plays its next five games at home, while Minnesota plays its next five on the road. The Blues' next road game is back in Minnesota in two weeks. ... Latendresse has 22 goals in 43 home games for the Wild. ... St. Louis is an NHL-worst 3 for 40 on the power play this season. The Blues went 0 for 2 on Saturday. ... Minnesota has killed 14 straight penalties.
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