Eric Staal has been the ideal leader for the Minnesota Wild, continuing to produce no matter who he's skating with while coach Bruce Boudreau searches for the most effective combinations.
This latest line sure looks like it works well.
Staal had three goals and two assists to combine with linemates Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker for 14 points and propel the surging Wild to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday over the St. Louis Blues, who lost their seventh straight game.
"You want to bottle it and keep it going as long as you can," Staal said.
This was his 14th career hat trick, his first in more than five years.
"He does it so quietly. He...