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Oshie's First NHL Hat Trick Downs Wild

Updated: 03/28/2014 10:28 AM
Created: 03/27/2014 10:07 PM KSTP.com

T.J. Oshie scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick and Ryan Miller made 27 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 rout over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

St. Louis has won three in a row overall and nine straight against the Wild. The Blues lead the NHL with 107 points.

Minnesota has lost six of eight.

Jaden Schwartz and Brenden Morrow also scored for St. Louis, which has points in its last 10 home games. Miller improved to 9-2-1 since being acquired from Buffalo on Feb. 28.

Zach Parise scored for the Wild, who had earned points in their previous three road games. Darcy Kuemper made 19 saves but fell to 12-8-4. He has won just twice in his last nine starts.

Oshie, who has a career-high 21 goals, scored twice in the first period - including a short-handed goal with 26 seconds left that made it 2-0.

He converted from the slot at 4:43 and then beat Kuemper on a breakaway for the Blues' fifth short-handed goal of the season.

Oshie tipped in a shot from Jay Bouwmeester at 7:18 of the third period to complete the hat trick.

The Blues posted a hat trick for the second straight game as Oshie matched David Backes' three-goal feat in St. Louis' 5-3 win at Toronto on Tuesday.

Schwartz netted his 23rd goal of the season on a power play midway through the second period.

St. Louis has killed 23 straight power plays against Minnesota over six games.

The Wild still sit in seventh in the Western Conference Standings and hold a six-point lead over Dallas for the second Wild Card spot with eight games remaining.

Western Conference Standings:

1. St. Louis, 107 pts

2. San Jose, 103 pts

3. Anaheim, 101 pts

4. Chicago, 99 pts

5. Colorado, 98 pts

6. Los Angeles, 92 pts

7. Minnesota, 85 pts

8. Phoenix, 84 pts

9. Dallas, 79 pts

10. Vancouver, 79 pts

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

St. Louis Blues' Brenden Morrow (10) scores past Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) and Marco Scandella, right, as Blues' Jaden Schwartz (9) watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 27, 2014, in St. Louis.
Photo: AP/Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie, right, celebrates after scoring his third goal of an NHL hockey game as Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, left, and Jared Spurgeon watch during the third period.
Photo: AP/Jeff Roberson

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