Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports
Damon Campbell | 20 April, 2017, 09:30

If Jake Allen stays in the form he's been over the course of the series, you tip your cap to him and head into the summer. I have a theory as to why Blues fans may be more exhausted of that theory than a different fan base but more on that later.

"I don't think he's had one of those since December", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said of his goaltender. The Blues won 3-1.

They played nearly the entirety of the OT period before Joel Edmundson stole game one for the Blues. Yes, it is possible to take too simplistic of a view of advanced statistics and draw incorrect conclusions.

Mikko Koivu is a candidate to win the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward after a marvelous regular season in which he was a career-high plus-27, scoring his most goals (18) and points (58) since 2010-11. The Blues scored 19 goals this season when their opponent lifted its goalie; Alexander Steen got five of his first 17 goals this season (including the postseason) into an empty net. "He has to be our best player and that's what he did tonight. Maybe that was a little more confidence to our side, because they had to chase the game".

Boudreau, who has his own playoff demons to exorcise, will discover how resilient his team is and, most importantly, how much fortitude his veteran leaders have. "You look at the shot volume and that's been a key factor in that". For as much as everyone perceives the Wild dominated game 1, the statistics suggest that this "dominance" should only have produced one extra goal.

Tarasenko did have another assist in Game 3, but finished the game with a -1 rating.

Allen's playoff performance is a far cry from a awful span from December 8 to January 31, when he was 4-10-0 with a 3.50 goals-against average and a.876 save percentage.

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TORONTO (AP) - Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals, and the Capitals beat the Maple Leafs to leave their first-round playoff series tied at two games apiece.

Can the St. Louis Blues complete a sweep of the Minnesota Wild when the two meet tonight at 9:30PM ET in Game 4?

Not only have the Wild been outscored to result in the 3-0 start, they have never lead during the series while outshooting the Blues in every game.

The Wild lost a few games at home despite playing better hockey.

That game was goaltending optional, and this series is all about the goaltending.

The Wild finished second in the Western Conference and, under the format, would have played the Calgary Flames in the first round. "We didn't expect to win four straight games coming into this series". The idea that the Wild should be up 3-0 based on how they have played is silly in my opinion.

Regardless, the only thing that now matters is that the Blues are up 3-0 and need to take advantage of the opportunity to close out the series, get some needed rest, and avoid any injuries.

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