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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Kyle Brodziak scored two goals and John Curry made 43 saves in his Wild debut to lead Minnesota over the struggling St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Thursday night.
Nino Niederreiter added a goal and an assist to help the Wild snap a nine-game losing streak against the Blues and win for the sixth time in seven games.
St. Louis dropped its fourth straight and also lost star T.J. Oshie after he was shouldered in the face by Wild enforcer Mike Rupp halfway through a chaotic second period. Rupp was ejected, Oshie dabbed blood from his mouth as he moved slowly back to the locker room after being down on the ice for 5 minutes.
Rupp was assessed a match penalty for intent to injure.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues.
Curry, the fifth goalie Minnesota has started against St. Louis in five games, was called up to make his fifth NHL start. The Minnesota native had allowed 22 goals in his previous five games at AHL Iowa, but turned away four early power-play shots and had 17 saves in the first period to establish himself in his first NHL start since Jan. 11, 2010.
Minnesota led 1-0 after the first on Niederreiter's 14th goal and was controlling play during the first half of the second.
Then, Rupp, playing for the first time since Feb. 1, knocked Oshie out of the game, and Shattenkirk tied it with a 5-on-3 goal a few seconds later.
Brodziak and Schwartz traded short-handed goals before Matt Moulson buried his 23rd of the season at 17:30 to send the Wild into the second intermission with a 3-2 lead.
It took Brodziak only 58 seconds to extend Minnesota's lead to 4-2 in the third period with his eighth goal.
Blues goalie Ryan Miller, who had stopped only nine of 13 shots, didn't leave immediately after Brodziak's second goal, but skated back to the locker room and was replaced by Brian Elliott at 16:22 of the third.
After Brodziak's first goal, Blues center Steve Ott was given a 10-minute game misconduct penalty for inciting the opponent.
St. Louis entered the game second in the Western Conference, and there's a strong chance these teams could meet in the first round of the playoffs.
St. Louis had pushed the Wild around all season, but the momentum appears to shifting as both teams approach the postseason. In addition to beating the Blues, Minnesota has recently defeated Boston, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
NOTES: The Blues have been outscored 16-4 during their four-game slide. ... Wild D Christian Folin made his NHL debut and recorded an assist. ... Oshie hasn't scored a point since recording a hat trick against Minnesota on March 27.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:29 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis-area's leading hospital for delivering babies will soon offer an option for midwife-led births, part of a growing trend as more women seek natural childbirth.
Mercy Hospital St. Louis said Thursday that patients are being accepted at its Mercy Birthing Center, which opens in September. Mercy says it will give women the option of a birth without medical intervention, overseen by a midwife, but with medical personnel nearby if needed.
The center will feature four birthing suites that resemble a home bedroom, with queen-sized beds, showers and large tubs for labor.
A report released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said home births have risen to their highest level in about four decades, though they are still only a fraction of all births.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man convicted of one killing and suspected in two others may never face the death penalty due to sentencing delays caused in part by a prosecutor's stroke and the killer's own failing health.
Gregory Bowman is imprisoned in Missouri for strangling a teenager in St. Louis County in 1977. He was also convicted of killing a 14-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman in Belleville, Ill., in 1978, but the convictions were overturned. He was never retried.
The Missouri Supreme Court in 2011 upheld Bowman's Missouri conviction but ordered re-sentencing.
The hearing is now delayed until April 2015. Colleen Blake, the clerk for St. Louis County Circuit Judge David Vincent, says the prosecutor handling the case had a stroke in January, and Bowman has a potentially fatal kidney ailment.