The Minnesota Wild scored four on their first 16 shots Saturday afternoon chasing St. Louis Blues’ starter Brian Elliott.
Chris Stewart opened the scoring at 7:47 of the first period. Thomas Vanek gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead at 12:14 of the opening frame.
The Wild then scored twice in a 26-span of the second period to take a 4-0 lead.
Jake Allen has replaced Elliott in the Blues net.
The Wild entered Saturday’s action with a one-point lead on the Winnipeg Jets for the first wild card spot in the Western Conference and seven points back of the Chicago Blackhawks for the third seed in the Central Division.