Star Tribune's Three Stars

1. T.J. Oshie, Blues: The pride of Warroad had a hat trick, including a shorthanded breakaway goal.

2. David Backes, Blues: Captain was a physical, trash-talking menace and had two assists.

3. Jay Bouwmeester, Blues: Mobile, workhorse defenseman had two assists.

By the numbers

6 Games in the past eight starts Darcy Kuemper has allowed three or more goals.

13 Goals allowed by the Wild on 59 shots in the past three games.

3-for-43 Wild's power play in St. Louis the past 12 visits (0-for-6 Thursday).

40-2-5 Blues' record when they score first.