ST. PAUL -- The St. Louis Blues are glad their extended-play, four-game road trip is over.
The Blues went to overtime for the third straight game Tuesday night, tying the Minnesota Wild 3-3.
"We're still picking up points, but we're not as confident with the puck as we've been all year," Blues coach Joel Quinneville said. "I know a couple key reasons."
There's the loss of Chris Pronger, last year's MVP, and four other regulars to injury, including defenseman Al MacInnis. Pronger's forearm was broken Feb. 26, giving the Blues an improper sendoff to their road trip.
"Without them, they're a different team, obviously," said Wild assistant Mike Ramsay, who met with reporters instead of coach Jacques Lemaire. "Their power play is not as good, and they don't control the puck as much."
The Blues, coming off 3-2 overtime losses at Calgary and Vancouver, are winless in eight road games. On Thursday, St. Louis returns home, where they have an NHL-best 25-3-3 record.
St. Louis took a brief 3-2 lead when Pierre Turgeon found Dallas Drake open with 6:49 remaining, but the Wild's Cam Stewart, who had not scored since Nov. 10, fired a loose puck past goalie Brent Johnson with 2:01 remaining in regulation.
"With two minutes to go, that's usually our time to shut her down and win the game," Blues center Craig Conroy said. "We battled back and were thinking we're going to get the two points and -- whammo! -- it's in the net. We haven't had a break on the road, and that didn't change."
St. Louis trailed 2-1 throughout the second period before Scott Young's 36th goal of the season -- his fifth in four games -- tied it with 12:50 remaining in regulation.
Wild goalie Manny Fernandez, who made 32 saves, helped St. Louis on its first goal. He made the save, but left the net to be tended by defensemen Andy Sutton and Lubomir Sekeras, who gave up a goal to Ladislav Nagy just 1:55 in.
St. Louis 1 0 2 0 -- 3
Minnesota 2 0 1 0 -- 3
First Period--1, St. Louis, Nagy 7, 1:55. 2, Minnesota, Walz 14 (Kuba), 6:16 (sh). 3, Minnesota, Gaborik 17 (Sekeras, Walz), 16:25. Penalties--Rumble, StL (tripping), 4:12; Sekeras, Min (hooking), 4:56; Drake, StL (boarding), 12:14; Turgeon, StL (slashing), 17:14.
Second Period--None. Penalties--Blouin, Min (cross-checking), 4:49; Walz, Min, double minor (high-sticking), 6:33; Conroy, StL (roughing), 18:47.
Third Period--4, St. Louis, Young 36 (Khavanov, Reasoner), 7:10 (pp). 5, St. Louis, Drake 11 (Turgeon), 13:19. 6, Minnesota, Stewart 3 (Sekeras, Laaksonen), 17:59. Penalties--Sutton, Min (roughing), 6:31; Drake, StL (high-sticking), 15:20.
Shots on goal--St. Louis 8-12-8-7--35. Minnesota 15-4-8-2--29.
Power-play Opportunities--St. Louis 1 of 5; Minnesota 0 of 5.
Goalies--St. Louis, Johnson 18-7-2 (29 shots-26 saves). Minnesota, Fernandez 19-15-4 (35-32).
Referees--Mick McGeough, Brad Watson. Linesmen--Andy McElman, Vaughan Rody.
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