Fans pumped, as Blues take 3-0 lead in series against Wild

Fans pumped, as Blues take 3-0 lead in series against Wild”

Blues coach Mike Yeo needs only a few words to describe his conversations with St. Louis goalie Jake Allen the past few days. "During the course of the season, one of things we always do or say is 'two goals or two minors or less and we're gonna win.' So far in the postseason, that same thing hasn't happened". "He's making some big, timely saves, which gives us a lot of momentum". The wild goal in the second came off a rebound that Jake Allen couldn't quite secure.

The most frustrating thing about this series is that the best players for Minnesota in the regular season have made little to no impact through the first three games.

Colton Parayko also scored for the Blues and Alexander Steen added an empty-netter for St. Louis, which will try to sweep the series Wednesday night in St. Louis.

"They did a tremendous job of blocking out and not letting us get those second chances", Boudreau said. "I thought we played well". "They pushed really hard and put us on our heels a bit and we grinded and we got it done. a huge win for us".

McCollum scored a playoff career-best 41 points, and Lillard had 34, but the Warriors made the crucial big plays on both ends down the stretch with Portland playing without injured center Jusuf Nurkic.

It was the first power-play goal in the series for the Blues in nine opportunities.

It's been that kind of run for the St. Louis Blues goaltender.

Instead, the Wild are in the midst of a confidence crisis while tasked with winning four straight games to prolong a season that once seemed destined to march into June. The Wild are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in St. Louis, 2-8 in the last 10 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Minnesota tied it with a goal from Coyle with 7:01 left in the second period.

The Blues won their first two games of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Minnesota Wild, both 2-1 road victories over an emerging division rival.

After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.

Atkinson got his second goal at 5:02 of the first when he picked Sidney Crosby's pocket at the right circle and beat Fleury with a backhand.

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Minnesota put 19 shots on goal in the third period, but couldn't score.

Pekka Rinne was great again.

"Character win the first one, and then tonight played a really solid game", Rinne said. Kassian also scored the first goal in Edmonton's 2-0 victory in Game 2.

Artturi Lehkonen and Shea Weber scored power-play goals for Montreal and Carey Price stopped 20 shots. Game 4 is here Wednesday. They had a little bit of momentum and we needed to get some on our side. But it was more of the same for the Blackhawks, who once again looked out of sync against the Predators' active defense. "That wasn't fun to watch".

"You live with this 24 hours, to go to bed thinking about it".

Allen was the star of the first two games.

NOTES: The Blues did not make any changes to their lineup, meaning C Jori Lehtera was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.

Eric Staal's pass in front of the net was blocked by a defender, but when Blues center Kyle Brodziak tried to clear the loose puck, it landed on Parise's stick. "Obviously everybody's trying to score that goal".

"We have to be better", veteran defenseman Ryan Suter said. Just Game 3 right now. "But right now, it starts with getting some rest".

After Richard Panik had a shot go off a post in the opening minute, the Predators began to take over.

With Montreal leading 1-0, the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello was whistled for a double-minor for high-sticking 4:07 into the third.

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