Blues top Wild 3-1, grab 3-0 series lead

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

After five regular season meetings and three more in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there aren't many surprises left in the coach's bag of tricks. The Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. "He's been phenomenal. It's fun to watch, it's fun to be apart of, and it's good to see him doing so well, because he is a great goalie".

For the Wild, Game 2 can't get here soon enough. He is playing with a level of confidence, poise and athleticism that few goalies came close to matching through the first week of playoffs.

Eriksson Ek logged the least minutes of any forward in the opening two games of the series - 9 minutes, 4 seconds in Game 1 and 8 minutes, 24 seconds in Game 2 - while Folin logged the least minutes of any defenseman in the opening two games of the series - 11 minutes, 4 seconds in Game 1 and 11 minutes, 43 seconds in Game 2.

The puck fluttered into the corner, the golden opportunity had vanished, and the scoreless game continued. "I don't really get caught up in it, but it's nice to see support from the fans". "We're just going to continue to do what we do".

Allen has been the star of the first three games.

Minnesota monopolized the puck, tilted the ice and produced a week's worth of quality scoring chances over four periods of electrifying play.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Zack Kassian scored midway through the third period, Cam Talbot made 23 saves in his second consecutive shutout and the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of their first-round series. "I think there are certain times that things happen that we should be able to adjust a little bit better". They also know the series is far from over. But they would probably, depending on the time in the game, they would probably have to open up a little more.

As the third period went on, the two teams were deadlocked and looking to take the lead.

Who was the coach of that team? But when you are only giving up two goals in each game played, it's hard to fault the goaltender for the team's struggles. "But it's an unbelievable thing, this momentum thing".

A soft goal allowed, a bad penalty taken, a power-play goal allowed Sunday and Minnesota found itself chasing all over again. They can't afford to go back to St. Louis down 0-2.

Eric Staal's pass in front of the net was blocked by a defender, but when Blues center Kyle Brodziak tried to clear the loose puck, it landed on Parise's stick. "We try different ways to do different things". I'll just say fantastic's about the biggest one I can figure out.

He told his stunned players after their 3-1 Game 3 loss on Easter Sunday to stay home, hoping they disengage from the suffocating pressure and chilling reality that it might be over after Game 4 Wednesday night back at Scottrade Center.

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk's statistics are rock solid - 1.87 goals-against average and.923 save percentage. "We're going to need him the rest of the way".

"It's short-term goals", Boudreau said. I think it's two pretty evenly-based teams.

"We're real happy we got both wins in here", he said, "but I know that's not a team that's gonna quit".

Game 2: Friday, April 14, St. Louis at Minnesota, 7 p.m. "Let's start with that here and then we'll think of something before Friday".

"Today was more of a mental health day", Boudreau said Monday. "Believe me: I want to win more than any human on the planet. That was one heck of a shot to kind of get us going there".

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