ST. LOUIS — James Neal recorded a hat trick and Ivan Barbashev’s unassisted tie-breaking goal 5:02 into the third period lifted the St. Louis Blues to 6-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in the NHL exhibition season opener for both teams.
Brandson Saad’s tally with four minutes remaining in the first period opened the scoring, and Michael Frolik added a goal with 27 seconds left in the game.
Charlie Lindgren made 19 saves in the second and third periods to record the win for St. Louis. Ville Husso started and stopped all 10 Minnesota shots he faced in the first period.
Kaapo Kahkonen and Andrew Hammond each played half the game in goal for the Wild. Kahkonen started and made six saves on eight shots before being replaced by Hammond, who allowed three goals on 21 shots against.
Adam Beckman scored twice for the Wild.