ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Six straight losses have the Minnesota Wild searching for any kind of answers to pull out of a two-week long rut.
Ryan Suter had just scored with 8.3 seconds left, but Minnesota went into the New Year's Eve night with a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Minnesota has lost six in a row and is 5-12-1 since it was 15-5-4 in mid-November.
The Wild believed they would have to get back their strong defensive game to break the current streak. They had been outscored 24-12 in the previous five losses, allowing at least four goals in each game. On Tuesday, Minnesota allowed seven shots in the first period and just 23 for the game. But two breakdowns led to goals by T.J. Oshie and Jaden Schwartz and St. Louis' seventh-consecutive win against the Wild.
"We played a solid defensive game like we wanted to focus on playing," Suter said. "A couple of mistakes and it cost us. When things go bad, usually you have to hit the bottom before you can start going and we're as close to th...