Blues found Allen 'amazing to watch' in Game 1 win over Wild
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 24, 2017,
Apr 24, 2017, 21:34
But I won't do that to my many many MANY loyal readers.
Sobotka, who spent most of the season in Russian Federation playing in the KHL, skated in just one regular season game for the Blues and had a goal in their 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Sunday.
Radulov, who got the overtime victor in Game 2 on Friday night after Tomas Plekanec tied it with 18 seconds left in regulation, has two goals and three assists in the past two games. Marco Scandella had a chance at a wide open net, and KYLE BRODZIAK got his stick on it to deny him. That's demonstrably untrue. The Wild took a lot of shot attempts and had a lot of high-quality opportunities.
The likes of Ryan Reaves and Scottie Upshall were able to disrupt the Wild in between whistles, while Allen was able to rattle them with his timely one-and-done stops during play. Since they didn't figure it out on Friday, they are now down 2-0 in the opening round of the playoffs and are two losses from the golf course.
It was the first goal scored by either team in the first period in the series. Right now, it's not looking good.
Much has been made of the size of the St. Louis blue line with no defense men being shorter than 6 foot 2. There's no question, this is now a massive mountain to climb.
Here's a look at the top scorers for the Wild during the regular season and what they have done in this playoff series. "That's two games in a row they've done that to us, so it's a pretty good template for them".
Winning tonight will require a Wild goal in the first period. They needed to keep the throttle down, or in the now-famous words of Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong, "when you have a team down 2-0, you need to take the knife and jam it through their eye into their brain and kill them".
Magnus Paajarvi #56 of the St. Louis Blues fights Nino Niederreiter #22 of the Minnesota Wildfor the puck in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center onSunday in St. Louis, Missouri. The Wild have not had a lead in nearly 200 minutes of play.
"That we've got loud fans", Allen said.
"Both games could've gone either way", Boudreau said. The rookie played in 39 regular-season games, scoring four goals. The one thing I'm not going to criticize is our effort. Maybe the Wild could have an unheralded guy or two step up today?
Booed during the pregame lineup announcements by the overflow sellout crowd of 19,168, Yeo settled in for just his 33rd game as the boss of the Blues following the firing of Ken Hitchcock that triggered the early promotion and a 22-8-2 finish. "That's all you can say against a team that really challenges you, not only the quality scoring chances, but the pressure at the net".
The Wild pulled Dubnyk for an extra attacker with 2:10 remaining and Steen scored his first of the playoffs, assisted by Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka, into the empty net with 1:11 left. On that play, there's no way Spurgeon meant to put the puck where he did, but why not fire a low shot into Allen's right pad and look for a rebound into the middle of the ice?
Whether it's Allen's fantastic goaltending, Mike Yeo's strategy to frustrate the Wild or Minnesota's own ineptitude, the fact is the Wild can't score goals in this series. "So, I don't see why we can't go in there and do the same thing to them that they did to us". Devan Dubnyk isn't the problem.