Wild singing the Blues

St. Louis Blues' goalie Jake Allen (34) catches the puck during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild, Friday, April 14, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.

Allen made a big four-on-four save at one end, and a few seconds later, Alex Pietrangelo slid the puck to Schwartz for the deciding goal.

A minute and 13 seconds after Coyle's goal, Ryan White gave Jaden Schwartz a stick to the mug, which drew a two minute minor.

"That's how it goes sometimes - not ideal". Allen artfully cast aside consecutive attempts by Jason Zucker and Charlie Coyle with less than 4 minutes left before the second intermission, one of several masterful sequences he produced in the net. "Obviously we didn't do that".

While steadfastly refusing to reveal his team's lineup prior to game day, per normal practice, St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo joked that goalie Jake Allen might get the start for his team in Game 2 of Friday's first-round playoff series at the Minnesota Wild. Alexander Steen iced the game with his first of the series at 18:49. Joel Edmundson had his second goal of the series in the second period while Zach Parise also scored his second goal of the series in the loss. Schwartz took the puck into the Wild zone, skated to the middle of the ice and whipped a wrist shot over Dubnyk's shoulder.

The Wild are in jeopardy of being swept for the only the third time in 12 postseason series.

When asked what gives him belief that the Wild can complete the comeback despite those struggles, goaltender Devan Dubnyk responded, "We have had our chances and we've had some that found a way to stay out of the net". "It's a bounce one way or the other and it's pretty insane to be in this situation with three games like that but again all we can do is keep pushing the way we're pushing".

"One game at a time, you must take". "But again, all we can do is keep pushing the way we're pushing".

Apparently, it is more comforting to pad the walls at home instead of banging their heads in a St. Louis hotel room for a few days agonizing over how this magnificent season of Stanley Cup aspirations is swirling down the drain of an bad week. Even after the Wild tied the game in the second and seemed to have the momentum, the Blues gained the lead again just 2:20 later, once again content to protect the net, especially in the third period. One extra-attacker goal to force overtime. Which means the Wild must figure out a way to get the puck past Allen and the rest of the defense. "When we go on the ice, we try to leave each other in a good spot, just support each other everywhere". "He's been around the team now for a couple years, and he's just a good sounding board and confidence booster to have". And then when we got that, we knew that we were going to have to respond and bounce back and be ready for a real tough test in Game 2.

The Wild was the second-seed in the Western Conference behind only the Chicago Blackhawks, who trail 2-0 in their series against the Nashville Predators. "We're down 1-0. Now we have to even it up".

Just when you think it is safe to believe, to invest forsaken faith and hard-earned treasure, the 106-point Wild revert to the underperforming, overwhelmed group that has exited meekly in the first or second rounds the last four postseasons. I think it's two pretty evenly-based teams.

"Our whole goal is to win Wednesday", Boudreau said. We were (redacted) good tonight.

The Wild and the Blues, two of the six teams in the league who've made the playoffs five straight times, were locked in the same bracket by Saturday night.

  • Julie Sanders