Wild look to tie up series in Game 2 against Blues

Game one hero Joel Edmundson potted his second goal of the series and Jaden Schwartz scored the eventual game-winner to send the Blues back to St. Louis with a chance to put a stranglehold on the series.

The first two games, home games for the Wild, saw the kids matched up against some of the Wild's best, and they held their own.

Zach Parise tied the game with 22.7 seconds left in regulation for the Wild, whose dominance was thwarted by a stellar performance from Allen. Sobotka's shot changed directions on the way to the net after hitting the stick of Wild defenseman Christian Folin, and fooled Dubnyk for a 1-0 St. Louis lead at 6:21. The St. Louis Blues went into the Xcel Energy Center and took both games from the Wild.

"We have to look at it like it's a Game 7", Boudreau said.

"We're doing a pretty good job of that", Allen said of the Blues ability to not get too far ahead of themselves thinking about their position in the series. The Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities.

Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored first-period goals and John Gibson made 35 saves in the Ducks' 29th consecutive victory over the Flames at Honda Center since April 25, 2006, extending the longest such streak in National Hockey League history.

Blues goalie Jake Allen has been one of the bigger surprises through two games in the playoffs.

Minnesota monopolized the puck, tilted the ice and produced a week's worth of quality scoring chances over four periods of electrifying play. "Right now we're going to go on the road and we'll be ready for Game 3". "If we play like we played tonight with a few little tweaks, who knows, I think we can be successful".

Minnesota should, at the very least, be tied in their best-of-seven series against St. Louis. "If we attack the net and get there into those dirty areas, we're going to get a couple bounces and get some more goals for sure". Minnesota emerged with a 9-5 lead in shots, but the Blues again limited the Wild's access to the front of their net.

Each team had a power play in the scoreless first period.

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen has been named Friday's starter against the Minnesota Wild.

CANADIENS 3, RANGERS 1- Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal over NY, giving the Canadiens a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. He ripped a one-time slapshot and beat Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk glove side. The previous two times (1993 against the Chicago Blackhawks and 2001 against Ken Hitchcock's Dallas Stars), the Blues came home and swept both series.

"It was a real tough test for us out there the second half of the game, Allen said". It controlled much of the third period on Friday as well, only to see the Blues score a 4-on-4 goal with under three minutes remaining. It took a little more than 77 minutes for the Blues to eek out a win despite being outshot by nearly 30 shots. Bortuzzo (upper body injury), who missed Game 1 and the last five games of the regular season, replaced rookie Jordan Schmaltz.

The Blues have been up 2-0 before during this six season long playoff streak; once to the Los Angeles Kings in 2013 and once to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014. It was the seventh career playoff goal for Jaden Schwartz in his 40th career playoff game.

  • Julie Sanders