"You can't think about Games 1 and 2 right now". But I won't do that to my many many MANY loyal readers. The Wild hold a 228-142 advantage in shot attempts; a 117-79 advantage in shots on goal; a 102-70 advantage in hits; a 133-89 advantage in face offs and yet the Blues' have an edge in the only numbers that matter, having outscored the Wild in each game and having seven goals (one into an empty net) to Minnesota's three. The Wild didn't wait to tie the game quite as long in that one, but it still got the exact same result in the end, falling 2-1 in another very Mike Yeoish defeat, outplaying the Blues but constantly missing on its most prime opportunities. No goals for Mikael Granlund, Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu. Jared Spurgeon broke in all alone, fired a shot into Jake Allen's chest.
Allen has stopped 74 of 76 shots.
So if you want to break down what is wrong with the Minnesota Wild this post-season, you can start right there.
While Allen's play, highlighted by a.974 save percentage, has been spectacular, perhaps Yeo knows how to play the Wild better than any coach, his almost five years in St. Paul benefiting him now that he's with the Blues. "I liked Sanny's game".
So are the Wild, who will have to win four consecutive games in order to win the series and advance to the second round.
Game 2: Friday, April 14, St. Louis at Minnesota, 7 p.m. There's no question, this is now a massive mountain to climb.
There have only been four teams in National Hockey League history that have risen from the dead after falling behind 3-0 in a best-of-seven series, which means things are starting to look extremely bleak.
It was the first goal scored by either team in the first period in the series. It cannot go to the locker room after twenty minutes with a goose egg on the board, because the psyche of the team simply can't afford it. He scored with 2:27 left in the third period of Game 2 to give St. Louis the 2-1 win.
Bradley Beal had 22 points for the Wizards, who got enough from their top players to offset 25 points from Atlanta's Dennis Schroder and 19 from Paul Millsap. You can't sweat it anymore, you've just got to go out there and do what you're told. "We have to take a deep breath, throw this one in the garbage and focus on Game 3".
Not much to report on the St. Louis front.
Sunday's first period was a classic example of the Wild collectively looking for the other guy to stand and deliver.
But Dubnyk especially didn't like the four-on-four scenario at a critical point in a tie game.
Where have all the scorers gone? This is especially important against a Minnesota team that recorded a league-high 187 goals in 5-on-5 play the regular season. Sure, it cooled off in March, as players started to grip their sticks a little tighter, but didn't it look like the scoring touch had returned in the final week of the season?
Yeo did recall a conversation he had with Allen earlier this year, when he was going through a tough period and was pulled from several games in a row. 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? "Just get right back at it". They also know the series is far from over. Devan Dubnyk isn't the problem. Like our whole goal is to win Wednesday. "When we play that way, I think when this is all said and done, we're going to be in a good place".