Series (Game 4 of 4)

Minnesota leads 2-0

Game 1: Monday, January 5th
Game 2: Saturday, January 17th
Game 3: Monday, February 2nd
Game 4: Sunday, April 4th

Blues 0

(39-30-2, 91 pts)

Wild 3

(30-29-3, 83 pts)

3:00 PM ET, April 4, 2004

Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

1 2 3 T
STL 0 0 00
MIN 0 1 23

D. Roloson (Wild - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: 1.000

S. Veilleux (Wild - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Gaborik (Wild - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

St Louis (39-29-11-2) at Minnesota (29-29-20-3) 3:00 pm EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- After clinching their 25th straight playoff berth, the St. Louis Blues close out the regular season Sunday afternoon as they visit the Minnesota Wild.

St. Louis' postseason run is the longest in professional sports and dates to 1979. But for most of the season it appeared in jeopardy as the Blues endured a slump of nearly three months that led to the firing of coach Joel Quenneville on February 24.

The Blues were 0-3-2 in coach Mike Kitchen's first five games but are 10-3-3 in their last 16 contests. They did not clinch until Saturday's 4-1 win at Nashville and will be the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

Brian Savage scored the go-ahead goal 2:43 into the third period. Dallas Drake and defenseman Chris Pronger put away the contest with empty-net goals.

Minnesota will not have a chance to duplicate its surprising run to the Western Conference finals from a year ago. But the Wild will have a chance to finish their fourth season with a winning record.

The Wild have scored 19 goals in winning four of their last five games. On Friday, rookie Rickard Wallin scored two goals and set up another and Marian Gaborik added a goal and two assists in a 4-2 home win over the Dallas Stars.

Minnesota leads the season series, 1-0-2. After the teams skated to a pair of ties in St. Louis, the Wild posted a 4-0 home win on February 2 as Wes Walz scored twice.