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Minnesota Wild defenseman Justin Falk, left, checks St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron in the first period of a preseason NHL game Wednesday in St. Paul. AP Photo/Andy King

Wild lose game and shutout streak

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he Minnesota Wild fell in a preseason opening contest with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night, 5-1.

Martin Havlat opened the scoring with a goal 42 seconds after the opening puck drop. He buried a centering feed from Mikko Koivu.

The Blues answered with three first period goals, and two more in the second.

Five different Blues scored goals, and all came against Niklas Backstrom.

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