ST. LOUIS (AP) — After getting his 400th career goal Kyle Turris Jersey , Eric Staal wants to keep on going.Staal got his milestone goal less than five minutes in to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.The veteran forward, who began his career in 2003 and skated in his 1,100th game on Oct. 19th, became just the 96th player in NHL history to reach 400 goals. He joined Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sidney Crosby, and Marian Gaborik as the only active players with the mark.2“It feels good,” Staal said. “I hope there’s a lot more yet. I feel like I’m still a young guy. I got a lot more time to play this game. It’s a special game and I’m grateful every day I’m in, so I try to prove myself every day. It’s cool. I’m sure my kids will have something to say about it tomorrow, which is fun for me and hopefully, more ahead.”Nick Seeler, J.T. Brown, Matt Dumba and Eric Fehr also scored for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk stopped 15 shots.Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis Youth Matt Irwin Jersey , and Jake Allen finished with 40 saves.Staal opened the scoring at 4:42 of the first period with his fifth of the season.“It was a heck of tip,” said Seeler, who assisted on Staal’s goal. “Not a lot of guys can make that play. It was a really nice tip. I just tried to get it kind of by him and let him do the rest.”Just 5 seconds later, Seeler got the first of his career as he beat Allen with a slap shot from the left circle to make it 2-0. He also had two assists on the night for the first three point game of his career.“It’s nice to have that first one go in,” Seeler said. “It was exciting and I’ve just tried to get more pucks to the net and create more offense. We’ve played so well as a team tonight. It was a great team win. It was fun.”The Blues cut the lead in half as O’Reilly flipped the puck stick side past Dubnyk on the power play at 11:32. O’Reilly has now scored at least one point in seven consecutive games. The Blues lead the NHL with 15 power play goals.The Wild restored their two-goal lead with 1:51 left in the first when Brown broke away on a turnover from Jay Bouwmeester and blasted it over Allen’s left shoulder for Minnesota’s first unassisted goal and his first of the season.“I’m a firm believer that balance wins,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “When it’s difficult to check all four lines and six D, it makes it really hard to play against or match up against a team.”The lone score of the second period came with 4 1/2 minutes left when Brayden Schenn lost the puck in the neutral zone and Mikael Granlund passed it ahead to defenseman Dumba for his fourth. St. Louis challenged the play for offsides, but video replay upheld the initial call. Granlund now has a point in 10 straight games.Schenn was not on the bench and did not play in the third period. Yeo said Schenn was “sore.”Fehr scored his second of the season at 9:15 of the third to cap the scoring.“I just thought the balance was really good but they gave us energy when we needed it,” Boudreau said. “The Eric Fehr goal at the end of the period, because they were starting to come on a little bit and that sort of finished that. Those are the kind of shifts that you really need and they came up big.”“Sometimes you lose and sometimes you get beat and we got beat all over the ice tonight,” Blues head coach Mike Yeo said. “The only thing that’s a little bit disturbing is that for a division game and playing at home, we didn’t really seem to really get any response tonight. That was disappointing.”NOTES: The Blues recorded only five shots on goal in the first period and four in the second as they were outshot 45-16 on the night. … Minnesota is in the midst of a franchise record seven-game road stretch. This game was the third of seven in a 14-day span that began Oct. 29. … The Wild improved to 3-3 on the road this season.UP NEXTWild: At San Jose on Tuesday night.Blues: Host Carolina on Tuesday night. With just about a quarter of the season gone, the San Jose Sharks sit atop their division but are also concerned about a lack of consistency on the ice.Looking to bounce back from a poor effort, the Sharks hope to even their season series with the last-place St. Louis Blues on Saturday night in San Jose.San Jose (10-7-3) holds a one-point lead over the Vancouver Canucks and a two-point cushion on the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division. But the club has won three in a row only once and fell to 2-1-0 on a six-game homestand after Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.Article continues below ...“When we’re playing at our best Womens Mattias Ekholm Jersey , we see what’s successful that makes us win hockey games,” San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillon said. “We’re not really doing it for a full 60 minutes right now; we’re doing it in spurts.”The Sharks have allowed 64 goals this season — the same number the club has scored.“You can see the same kind of mistakes happening, I think, and as much as we talk about them and we want to do it right, when these same mistakes happen it kind of deflates us a little bit,” said center Joe Pavelski, who has four goals and three assists during the homestand.Dillon noted after the loss that “we are only 20 games in, but we are 20 games in” and believes he has the answer to the San Jose’s inconsistency.“We know what we need to do in order to be successful and that’s putting an emphasis on defense,” he said. “We have enough skilled guys in here that we’re going to get goals.”One of San Jose’s worst outings of the season came Nov. 9 in St. Louis when Blues backup goaltender Chad Johnson stopped 33 shots for his first shutout in nearly two years in the Blues’ 4-0 win.St. Louis (7-7-3) has split the first two games of a three-game swing, but remains at the bottom of the Central Division. Blues goaltender Jake Allen sees some recent improvement, however.“I think probably the last three, four, five games, we’re getting more on the same page and it’s nice to see P.K Subban Jersey ,” he told Fox Sports Midwest after a 32-save performance in a 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.Allen has lost each his last two starts in San Jose, and with games on consecutive nights, Johnson will likely face the Sharks in his first road start this season. The 32-year-old journeyman is 2-3-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average in six games, including four starts.Ryan O’Reilly collected two goals for St. Louis Friday and has seven of his team-best 10 markers over the last six games. He scored against San Jose in the first meeting of the season, but has failed to collect a point over his last three games in Silicon Valley.Linemate Vladimir Tarasenko assisted on both of O’Reilly’s tallies and is second on the club with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists). The Russian winger is still looking for his first road goal of 2018-19. He has just five helpers in six road contests this season, and has been held without a tally in six of seven career games in Northern California.Goaltender Aaron Dell, who hasn’t played for the Sharks since losing to the Blues, is 0-2-2 with a 3.20 goal-against average in his last four starts, while Martin Jones is 1-2-0 with a 1.35 GAA all-time against St. Louis in San Jose. Jones’ win – and both losses – were via shutout.The Blues are 7-2-1 in their last 10 visits to SAP Center.
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