Blues vs. Wild game three preview: Sanford stays in

The St. Louis Blues might be onto something after taking a 2-0 series lead on Friday night.

The St. Louis Blues look to complete the sweep with a victory here and get rest before the next playoff round.

The loss was deflating for the Blue Jackets, who scored 11 seconds into the game and jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period only to let the Penguins climb back in, as veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury regained the form that frustrated Columbus in the two previous games.

"We're real happy we got both wins in here, but I know that's not a team that's gonna quit", said Yeo, who coached the Wild for parts of five seasons before he was sacked in February of last season.

"I like the way the lines were last game, so I don't see us making a lot of switches there", Yeo said.

Allen has been the star of the first three games. Zach Parise tied the score in the second period while his team had a 5-on-3 advantage.

Defenseman Joel Edmundson scored his second goal of the playoffs to give the Blues a 1-1 lead in the second period, but Zach Parise's five-on-three power-play goal 14 minutes later tied the score.

Blues fans were anxiously awaiting perhaps a quick burst and start to get them off and running. "We've got to regroup".

"Honestly, from a defensive standpoint, we did a pretty good job". Schwartz snapped a 1-1 tie shortly after Minnesota got a goal from Charlie Coyle on Sunday afternoon. Obviously we're getting good performances right now from these guys, but what an experience for these kids.

Said Dubnyk: "We just need to get the next one". The marker was also the Blues' first on the power play in the opening round.

St. Louis has been more than willing to allow the Wild shots from the outside.

On Sunday, the Blues scored just 3:25 into the first period when Parayko beat Dubnyk high with a shot from the high slot after a nice pass from Patrik Berglund.

Minnesota had four players in the regular season surpass the 20-goal mark in the regular season. Vladimir Tarasenko and Steen both hit the post. The wild goal in the second came off a rebound that Jake Allen couldn't quite secure.

With the players away from the rink, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau and his staff have assembled in the bowels of Xcel Energy Center on Monday hoping to chart a different course forward ahead of Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

Though the Blues have been outshot 117-79 in the series, they have never trailed and have been ahead for 103 minutes, 51 seconds, or 52.5 percent of the total playing time.

It was the first goal scored by either team in the first period in the series.

Pekka Rinne was great again. In the meantime, the Blues' big defensemen have gone to work clearing the area around the crease, allowing Allen open views of almost every shot.

The Predators are singing a sweet tune on their way home to Music City, threatening to play the Chicago Blackhawks right out of the postseason.

NEW YORK - Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal over New York, giving the Canadiens a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

"Character win the first one, and then tonight played a really solid game", Rinne said.

Edmundson accomplished that feat, too, on the heels of his one-timer on Wednesday night that gave the Blues the first game. Throughout his playoff career here, Dubnyk allows a odd, soft or untimely goal that jabs his team in the nose - not lethal, but yet another hurdle to overcome.

- The road Central Division teams are 4-0. Game 4 is Tuesday night in San Jose.

  • Julie Sanders