Game Report: Wild 8, Blues 3

Playing their first game since trading center Paul Stastny to Winnipeg, not much changed for the Blues on Tuesday night in Minnesota.

The Blues gave up six goals in the first two periods – three by starter Jake Allen in the first period and three by Carter Hutton after he replaced Allen to start the second – en route to the 8-3 loss to the Wild.

It was the seventh consecutive loss for the Blues (0-6-1). It‘s the longest losing streak by the Blues since they also lost seven in a row in the 2009-2010 season. During the current streak they have been outscored 29-10.

After getting shut out in their previous two games, the Blues did finally score, the first of two goals by Vladimir Tarasenko, in the first period after the Wild had jumped to an early 2-0 lead.

Just 1:18 later, however, the Wild responded to regain their two-goal lead. The Wild’s first three goals came on just seven shots.

A goal by Alex Pietrangelo 15 second into the second period cut the lead to 3-2, but Minnesota responded again to increase the lead to 4-2. A 5-on-3 power play for the Wild resulted in another goal and a 5-2 advantage.

Tarasenko’s second goal, his 26th of the season, pulled the Blues within 5-3 but the Wild got that goal back just 1:12 later, scoring with only 16 seconds left in the period to take a 6-3 lead into the second intermission.

Eric Staal scored Minnesota’s final two goals in the third period, completing the hat trick. Hutton finished the game allowing the five goals on 25 shots over the final 40 minutes. The eight goals tied a franchise record for most goals in a game for the Wild.

Looking ahead: The Blues return home on Wednesday night to host the Detroit Red Wings, their only game at Scottrade Center until March 15.