Blues on brink of series sweep after burying Wild in Game 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Durant had 32 points and 10 rebounds in his Golden State playoff debut, Stephen Curry scored 29 points, and the Warriors withstood a sensational day by Portland duo CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard in Game 1.

Jaden Schwartz broke the tie 2:20 later in the second period with his second goal of the series. That, however, might go down as the only 5 on 5 goal of the series for the Wild, who were the best 5 on 5 team in the National Hockey League throughout the regular season.

If Zucker and Staal had been able to capitalize there, or had the Wild been able to finish the deal in any number of opportunities with games tied over the first three games, it's likely the tone and tenor of the series would be quite different.

In brief: He takes over as the go-to goaltender with a trade of Brian Elliott, hits a mid-season roadblock and then overcomes his struggle to lead the team to a sixth straight playoff bid.

"It was a real tough test for us out there the second half of the game, Allen said. A huge win for us".

The S. Louis Blues just beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1, to take a 3 games lead in their series. But I don't think we're playing that bad. "We're doing a good job focusing on ourselves and it was a gutsy win tonight".

Allen was the star of the first two games.

"I remember one particular time when he got pulled earlier and things weren't going well and I remember saying, 'This is going to make you a way better player when you get through this, '" Yeo said.

"They pushed really hard and put us on our heels a bit and we grinded and we got it done".

Four teams have rallied to win their series of the 184 who have fallen behind 3-0.

"We outplayed them", said Charlie Coyle, sagely adding that the only thing the Wild failed to do was outscore the Blues. "Putting pucks to the net and trying to get some bounces and see if we can turn the momentum". "There's no pressure on our team now except for the pressure we put on ourselves". The Wild's only goals, both by Zach Parise, have been on 6-on-5 and 5-on-3 situations. Whether or not shot blocking is a valuable skill has been a topic of debate over the last few years, but the Blues made it work for them in Game 2. "We just can't score right now. That's all it comes down to".

Since replacing Ken Hitchcock on February 1, Yeo is 4-0 against the Wild - and the Blues are 18-2-2 overall - on the strength of a simple plan: clog play and limit Grad-A chances by keeping skaters out of the slot. That's how you mature and how you grow as a group.

"If you've been in this business long enough, you're not going to take your mind off it; it's an impossibility", Boudreau said during a lonely news conference at Xcel Energy Center. Parise spoiled it with his one-timer off a tic-tac-toe feed from Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund with goalie Devan Dubnyk pulled.

With Dubinsky in the box for cross-checking, Guentzel got his second goal of the game 11:48 into the third period to give the Penguins the 4-3 lead. Wild C Erik Haula was in the lineup after missing practice on Saturday.

Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the top-seeded Capitals, who are now feeling the heat going into Game 3 today in Toronto.

That is after the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets stuck out on Easter Sunday for all the wrong reasons. Because of the break in the schedule before Game 4, the Wild returned to Minnesota after the game.

Game 1: Wednesday, April 12, St. Louis at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.

  • Julie Sanders