Edmundson's OT victor sends Allen, Blues past Wild 2-1

For almost 80 break-neck minutes, Yeo's St. Louis Blues pushed the Wild out of the slot and counter-punched from the neutral zone with an impressive degree of precision in a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 of this Western Conference quarterfinal.

The Wild enter the postseason after compiling the best regular season record in franchise history.

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen, left, stops a shot by Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise, right, during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. Allen stopped 51 of 52 shots and the Blues won 2-1 in overtime. "You can see the confidence in his game". Alexander Steen gloved a clearing attempt by Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin, then fed the puck to Sobotka in the high slot.

"Keep your head up. I thought we played a good game", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said, striking an optimistic tone.

In the third, the Wild mounted an all-out assault on the Blues net, and again Allen - along with a bit of luck - kept Minnesota off the board. Nino Niederreiter tried to reach through traffic and poke in the loose puck, but Parise tried to do the same and inadvertently knocked it backward just before it reached the goal line. They didn't so much solve Allen as overwhelm him, scoring after Devan Dubnyk was sent to the bench for an extra attacker with a minute left.

Yeo was thrown out of Minnesota in February 2015 on the heels of an eight-game losing streak, the team's third midseason collapse in as many seasons. On Wednesday afternoon, the Wild recalled G Steven Michalek from their Iowa AHL team.

- On Wednesday, the Minnesota Wild braced for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Defenseman Colton Parayko, who completed his second National Hockey League season and had two goals and five assists in 20 games last postseason will once again be called out in the playoffs. This was the 17th overtime for the Wild in 64 postseason games.

Joel Edmundson played the unlikely overtime hero for the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. Stastny missed the last 10 games of the regular season, and Bortuzzo and Yakupov each sat out the final five games.

  • Julie Sanders