Wild hands 3-0 loss to Blues

Friday, March 8, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- Marian Gaborik scored twice and goaltender Dwayne Roloson stopped 28 shots to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Gaborik has 21 goals on the season. The second-year forward is the first 20-goal scorer in the two-year history of the Wild.

The win is also the first in history for Minnesota against St. Louis. The Wild entered the game 0-4-2 against the Blues.

The shutout is the fourth this season for Roloson and the sixth of his career.

St. Louis' best scoring chance came late in the second period. Forward Dallas Drake broke in alone but Roloson made a blocker save.

Gaborik's first goal gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead at 1:08 of the second period. Gaborik deflected a centering pass from Andrew Brunette past Blues goaltender Brent Johnson.

Gaborik got his second of the game at 13:46 of the second. Brunette and Gaborik skated in on a 2-on-1 and Gaborik put a shot over Johnson's right shoulder.

The win was Minnesota's third in its last 16 games and only its second in its last nine road games.

The Blues are winless (0-3-2) in their last five.

Antti Laaksonen scored the Wild's other goal. Laaksonen has scored three goals in his last four games and has 10 for this season.

The Blues, playing without injured forwards Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk, were shutout for the sixth time this season. They were shutout three times last season.

The Blues outshot Minnesota 28-26. It was the first time in three games St. Louis outshot its opponent.

St. Louis was 0-5 on the power play and have only scored twice in its last 20 power-play chances.

Notes: St. Louis G Fred Brathwaite did not dress after having his wisdom teeth removed on Thursday. Before the game, the Blues recalled G Reinhard Divis from Worcester of the AHL.

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