Fans pumped, as Blues take 3-0 lead in series against Wild
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 17:20
Nobody is talking sweep here - yet - but a win today would sure put the Blues in a heck of a good position for Game 4. He made some good saves. They have basically been allergic to burying Grade A chances and haven't held the lead in almost 200 minutes of action.
For the second time in the past two games, Dubnyk gave up an opening goal that could be considered soft. He ripped a one-time slapshot and beat Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk glove side. Colton Parayko's shot at the top of the circles found twine over Dubnyk's glove not even 4 minutes into the game. "You have to control your highs and control your lows and when they get some momentum, you try to turn it around as quick as you can". Kyle Brodziak, the former Wild center, tried to clear the loose puck. Suter was forced into a hooking minor when he (hardy) put his stick on something called Zach Sanford.
- They are tied for 10th in penalty killing out of 16.
The Blues had 11 of their 23 blocks in the final frame.
No player showed that more than Wild captain Mikko Koivu postgame. Miss-fires, bobbled receptions, pucks in skates, chest-high passes, and an insistence to use the boards all figure into the popular algebraic equation of NOT SCORING ANY GOALS! They also controlled much of Game 1, outshooting the Predators 29-20, albeit with numerous attempts coming from outside.
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.
The Predators added two more in the second.
Here's a look at the top scorers for the Wild during the regular season and what they have done in this playoff series. The bad passing continued. That's a bit of a risky play-what if the netminder had allowed a soft goal?-but the Blues are heading home with a 2-0 edge because of their composure and, yes, their grit. "They've done that the last two times they've played us". No one is more aware of the shortcomings of this group better than Yeo. However, there was more over-passing, and it featured a flashy glove save by Jake Allen.
After the 2013-14 season, St. Louis winger Vladimir Sobotka signed in the KHL. It came on a power-play after he drew a high-sticking penalty against the Wild's Ryan White. Charlie Coyle was stopped on a redirect attempt. "It's not like they're getting chance after chance", said Wild forward Eric Staal. Coyle tapped a rebound in over Allen for the tying tally. Another difference was a steep drop in shots on goal by the Wild. Allen still made 40 saves to carry the Blues to another win, with goals at a premium on the playoff stage. Teams that take a 2-0 series lead in a best-of-seven series hold an all-time record of 305-48.
But a Blues power-play unit that was zero for eight in the series responded just 2:20 later with a goal from Schwartz.
MONTREAL - Alexander Radulov scored at 18:34 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night in Game 2 of the first-round series. "Just let's get back at it, and let's go".
So if you want to break down what is wrong with the Minnesota Wild this post-season, you can start right there. He returned later in the period. We've had a lot of series, a lot of games, like this.
All things considered, if only one of the two 0-3 teams get swept out of the playoffs, the Blue Jackets nearly seem more destined for an early exit since.
Though the team wasn't as aggressive offensively, the Blues remained stout behind the blues line.
Chicago was shut out in consecutive playoff games for the first time since it was blanked in three straight in April 2002 against St. Louis. The Wild officially have their collective backs against the wall and they need to be the cornered animal and take some bites out of their assailants.