Blues, Penguins skate to commanding 3-0 leads

The Wild have inserted themselves into a gaping hole. "That line (with center Ivan Barbashev and winger Jaden Schwartz), I believe, has had the most scoring chances of any of the lines that we've had". Meanwhile, even though the Blues were one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League down the stretch, they entered the postseason as the long shot to win the Stanley Cup, at least according to Bovada.

"Yeah, after the type of season we had, this is definitely hard to imagine right now", veteran center Eric Staal said bluntly after the game.

Not unraveling in a tough atmosphere, the young Maple Leafs showed they belonged on the same ice with the Capitals after losing Game 1 in OT.

With 2:27 left in regulation, Jaden Schwartz scored his first goal of the playoffs to win the game for St. Louis. Let's hope we get more hockey.

After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 4:46 to play on a weird deflection off Lance Bouma's skate, and Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Puck drop is scheduled for 2 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on NBC. We have to play our way, the way we've played all season.

In the final frame, the Wild threw everything they had at Allen, and he was up the task every single time to preserve the win. "We have chances. Obviously chances aren't good enough".

With the Blues content to hang back and rely on their grit and their goalie, the Wild decisively won the faceoff battle again and spent the majority of the time in the opponent's zone. Which means the Wild must figure out a way to get the puck past Allen and the rest of the defense.

The Wild know the pressure will be on them, but it is not an unusual position for coach Bruce Boudreau. "When you get guys in front of the net, it's hard to save the puck when you can't see it". We have to look at the tape, look at the things we've done well and continue to do those and also be wary of what they might adjust on. Zach Parise tied the score in the second period while his team had a 5-on-3 advantage.

Schwartz had little time and space in tight on Dubnyk, but he outworked Wild defenseman Marco Scandella and was able to score after Steen's pass from behind the net into the short side.

But Dubnyk especially didn't like the four-on-four scenario at a critical point in a tie game.

It was Sissons' first point since he scored two goals against San Jose on March 25. "You can watch it a hundred times, there's zero reason".

At 5:21, Rust got his second goal of the series when he tipped Brian Dumoulin's shot through Bobrovsky's pads.

Defensemen outside of Alex Pietrangelo weren't activating or sinking down low into the slot all too often.

And, 14 months to the day after a Wild tailspin cost Yeo his coaching job, Yeo recorded his second playoff victory as a visiting coach at the X. See 2012-13 and 2013-14 though both of those series started with two home wins.

"It's a good start for us, but the job's not over yet", Schwartz said.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk will have to step up in net if the Wild are going to climb back into the series.

Haula struggled to get off the ice and went right to the dressing room as boos rained down on Upshall and the officials. "I think we're seeing that right now". "We just can't seem to get a break at the other end, but we know that we are more than capable of creating goals and, you know, we've created offense and we've just got to keep doing that".

  • Julie Sanders