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Wild drop game to St. Louis as playoff race tightens

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Wild head coach Mike Yeo entered his postgame press conference following his teams 2-0 loss at home to St. Louis and before any questions could be asked, tried to head off the negativity.

"Before the onslaught begins, I'll start by saying my message to the team and the way that we feel is that we have nothing to apologize for or nothing to feel sorry about," said Yeo. "We played a strong team and we played a good game. I'm not saying we can't be better in a couple of areas, but obviously the complexion changes if we score first."

The Wild had to shuffle their defensive pairings when Ryan Sutter suffered an injury that Ye wouldn't get into other than to say he talked to him and thought he would be okay.

With losses in six of their last eight games and a lack of scoring punch with six goals in their last six games, Yeo cautioned fans and media to not give in to recent history.

"I know that there has been so much losing around here for so long that it's almost like we are waiting for it to happen again. The one thing that we are learning is that the last push is the hardest," said Yeo. "Let's not be afraid to write that was a pretty good team we played tonight. I know what's going on and we want to write a negative story and we want to feel sorry for ourselves. I'm telling you it is not happening in the dressing room."

The loss to the Blues was big on a couple of fronts. First, the loss marks the second straight game in which the Wild didn't score a goal. Second, the Wild and Blues were tied in the standings for the sixth spot. Now the team holds a two point lead over eighth place Detroit and are three points out of missing the playoffs.

Top liners Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise have not scored a goal in the teams six games in April.

"Pretty frustrated," said Parise when asked about the mood of the locker room.

The Blues and goalie Brian Elliott picked up his third straight shutout, giving him 189:24 without a goal. St. Louis won their sixth straight game and took a two point lead over the Wild.

The Blues scored first on another defensive breakdown with Tom Gilbert and Jared Spurgeon on the ice that looked out of sorts the entire shift. Roman Polak took advantage scoring his first goal of the season.

The Wild played a good first period and had opportunities to tie the game. Jason Pominville hit the post a little more than a minute into the game. They also had a good powerplay as defenseman Barret Jackman was in the box for tripping but couldn't pick up the equalizer.

Minnesota allowed the game's first goal for the seventh time in its last eight games. That comes after scoring first in 10 of their previous 11 games.

The Wild finish their home stand with a Saturday night game against Columbus.

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