Yakupov had nhl jerseys China a goal and an assist and cheap Jake Allen jersey made several big saves as the St. Louis Blues jerseys beat the Minnesota Wild jerseys 3 2 on Thursday night.
cheap Alexander Steen jersey and Paajarvi also scored for St. Louis. cheap Patrik Berglund jersey had two assists and Allen made 18 saves for the Blues jerseys, who have won four of their past five home openers.
cheap Ryan Suter jersey and cheap Charlie Coyle jersey scored for the Wild jerseys, who were 4 0 1 in their previous five season openers.
St. Louis acquired Yakupov, a former first overall draft pick by Edmonton in 2012, from the Oilers jerseys in a trade on Oct. 7. Placed on a line with Paajarvi, whom he played with in Edmonton, and Berglund, they totaled five points against the Wild jerseys.
“I was nervous a little bit, the first time to play in this building with a new team, it does add a little pressure,” Yakupov said. “But I think we did pretty good as a line, had a good couple of shifts and got our legs going.”
Yakupov put the Blues jerseys ahead 2 1 on his first career slap shot goal at 12:36 of the second. The shot went off cheap Devan Dubnyk jersey’s glove and floated over his shoulder into the net.
“He’s got a great wrister, but obviously the slapper was a good one today,” Paajarvi said. “He’s quick and his shot is quick.”
Dubnyk didn’t see the shot off the blade.
“It was right at my ear so I caught a pretty good piece of it and anytime you get a piece of something you would like to have a little bit more of it,” Dubnyk said. “I was happy with where I was on the play and next time I’ll catch it.”
Yakupov found Paajarvi as the last man on a 3 on 2 rush to give the Blues jerseys a 3 1 lead early in the third.
“I had a decision where I’m going to shoot or I have to find a seam,” Yakupov said. “I think I made a really good decision to pass to Maggy. Sometimes you have to take risks to make a new step.”
Steen’s goal came off an unintended assist by cheap Robby Fabbri jersey, who had lost control of the puck while making a move to the net. Steen snapped the loose puck past Dubnyk to give the Blues jerseys a 1 0 lead.
The Blues jerseys outshot the Wild jerseys 14 2 in the first period, but Allen came up big on the Wild jerseys’s first shot of the game making a pad save on a short handed partial break by cheap Jason Zucker jersey just over eight minutes into the game.
“Some moments where I didn’t have shots for 10 minutes and then I get a break away, but that’s my job to be ready when they come after me,” said Allen, who was playing in his first home opener.
Suter drew the Wild jerseys even three minutes into the second period. A turnover by cheap Kevin Shattenkirk jersey allowed Suter to break in and after Allen made the initial save he was able to bury the rebound.
Allen kept the game even robbing cheap Eric Staal jersey on a breakaway seven minutes into the second period. Allen came up big five minutes later when Staal found cheap Zach Parise jersey alone in the slot on a 2 on 1.
Dubnyk had 28 saves.
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