Wild start road trip on a high note by beating the Blues 3-1

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 Erik Haula (right) scored the winning goal for the Wild Thursday night (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

Erik Haula (right) scored the winning goal for the Wild Thursday night (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

Minnesota Wild 3

St. Louis Blues 1

A road trip that features four games in six days started well for the Minnesota Wild, who knocked off the Blues 3-1 in St. Louis on New Year's Eve.

Three things:

1 DD saves 33

Goaltender Devyn Dubnyk turned in a stellar performance for Minnesota, making 33 saves. And he showed again that he can sprawl his 6'5" body all over the goal crease.

2 Haula gets back on the scoresheet

We not saying the last few weeks were pointless for Erik Haula -- but it's true that he had no points in the last 15 games. What better way to break that streak than by scoring the winning goal in the third period? His goal at the 8:32 mark was his first since Nov. 10. It was followed later by a Thomas Vanek empty netter.

3 Third line's the charm

Haula skated alongside Nino Niederreiter and Justin Fontaine on Minnesota's third line. They combined for five points, with Niederreiter and Haula each notching a goal and an assist. Their production was needed with the Wild's leading scorer – Zach Parise – out with an undisclosed injury.

Tweet of the night

Here's to 2015

Up next:

The Wild continue their road trip in Florida this weekend. They'll visit the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night at 6 p.m.

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