ST. LOUIS (AP) — The familiar theme of rest leading to rust inevitably creeps into the NHL playoffs conversation.

Both the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild went into Thursday's game with four days' rest. Wild forward Zach Parise said he didn't think it affected his team, and Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said it was a "weak excuse" at this point in the season.

The Wild beat the Blues 4 - 2.

The Blues and Wild play Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.