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Wild 2, Blues 1

March 27, 2002

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Antti Laaksonen scored on a penalty shot, and Manny Fernandez made 26 saves to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Laaksonen was awarded the penalty shot after he was pulled down by St. Louis defenseman Bryce Salvador at 2:33 of the third period. On the penalty shot, Laaksonen put a back-handed shot past goalie Brent Johnson for his 12th goal.

The penalty-shot goal is the second this season for the Wild. Minnesota forward Stacy Roest converted March 2 against Vancouver.

The Blues have lost three of four games, and are 12-16 in one-goal games.

Wes Walz added an empty-net goal for Minnesota at 18:56 of the third period.

Scott Young scored his 17th of the season for St. Louis at 19:31 to make it 2-1.

St. Louis outshot Minnesota 14-5 in the third period and 27-18 for the game.

Blues winger Keith Tkachuk didn’t play because of an NHL suspension received for a stick-swinging infraction in St. Louis’ loss to Chicago on Sunday.

Notes: Blues C Doug Weight missed his 12th game because of a sprained right knee and a sprained pelvis. ... Minnesota forward Andrew Brunette extended his scoring streak to nine games with the assist on Walz’s goal. ... Johnson started his 12th consecutive game. ... St. Louis’ Alexander Khavanov was a healthy scratch and missed his first game of the season. ... Minnesota has four goals in its last 30 power-play opportunities. ... Blues D Marc Bergevin dressed for only the second time in the last 16 games. ... The last time St. Louis allowed a goal on a penalty shot at home was March 24, 1988, against New Jersey when Aaron Broten scored. ... St. Louis last allowed a penalty shot goal on Jan. 19, 2000, to Martin Straka of Pittsburgh.

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