Thomas scores late, Blues gain in West Division with victory against Wild


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Robert Thomas scored with 23 seconds left in the third period, and the St. Louis Blues gained ground in the Honda West Division playoff race with a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.

Thomas gave the Blues the lead when he gained control of the puck from Jonas Brodin between the circles and shot it past Cam Talbot.

Mike Hoffman had two goals and an assist for St. Louis (22-19-6), which has won three in a row. Jordan Binnington made 26 saves.

Marcus Foligno had a goal and an assist for Minnesota (31-14-3), which had its seven-game winning streak end. Cam Talbot made 28 saves.

The teams will play here again Thursday.

Brodin gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 17:47 of the first period with a slap shot from the top of the left circle.

Joel Eriksson Ek scored on a rebound 32 seconds into the second period to make it 2-0.

Hoffman scored eight seconds into a power play to bring the score within 2-1 at 10:27, extending the Blues’ power-play streak to eight games.

Foligno scored 1:02 later with a snap shot from the right circle to make it 3-1 at 11:29.

The Wild outshot the Blues 16-7 in the second period.

But Hoffman one-timed a pass from David Perron on the power-play at 3:49 of the third to cue it to 3-2, and Jordan Kyrou tied it 3-3 at 7:41 after a turnover by Wild defenseman Matt Dumba.

Blues defenseman Colton Parayko, who was a game-time decision, missed his second straight game because of an upper-body injury.

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