Edmundson, Blues take game two in Minnesota

  • Edmundson, Blues take game two in Minnesota

Edmundson, Blues take game two in Minnesota

Johansen had a goal and two assists as Nashville added a dominant performance to its taut 1-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night. Despite those sizable gains, Minnesota hasn't been able to finish the deal in the most important statistical category: on the scoreboard. He is playing with a level of confidence, poise and athleticism that few goalies came close to matching through the first week of playoffs.

The puck fluttered into the corner, the golden opportunity had vanished, and the scoreless game continued.

With Game 2 being eerily similar to Game 1, I very seriously considered copying my Game 2 Preview and posting it here, just to see if anybody would notice. 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. "We have to take a deep breath, throw this one in the garbage and focus on Game 3". The goal came with the Wild on a 5 on 3 power-play. St. Louis entered the series as the No. 2 penalty-kill team in the league, but the Wild need to find some success with the man advantage.

Again, and I can't stress this enough, the Wild is playing exactly the game that it would have wanted to play coming into this series, and it is getting the goaltending that it would have expected.

"We're doing a pretty good job of that", Allen said of the Blues ability to not get too far ahead of themselves thinking about their position in the series. But they would probably, depending on the time in the game, they would probably have to open up a little more. In the third game of this best of seven series, the result was the same.

Bruce Boudreau predictably moved Jason Zucker back to the line with Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund in Game 2, but to no avail. Parise has 32 goals and 38 assists in 91 career playoff games. "But it's an incredible thing, this momentum thing".

The frustrating thing about this is that the players mentioned above haven't played bad in the series. This is the second-ever playoff series between the Blues and Wild, but it's the 11th time St. Louis has faced a Minnesota team in the post-season. "You wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it and you wake up in the morning thinking about it", Boudreau said. The one thing I'm not going to criticize is our effort.

The series now shifts to St. Louis Sunday afternoon, puck drop is at 2:00 p.m.

"That's unacceptable in a 1-1 hockey game, to make that call", Dubnyk said.

"We believe in him".

"Our whole goal is to win Wednesday", Boudreau said.

"I think we're going to get some breaks around the net". "We know the last two are going to be the hardest, and it starts in Game 3". St. Louis played a remarkably patient contest, sometimes appearing to be more passive than anything. "Let's start with that here". "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". "Believe me: I want to win more than any human on the planet".

"We extended the game, and then you never know what can happen in overtime, but you've got to score more than one", Parise said.

Former NHL coach Barry Melrose had a saying during the Stanley Cup Playoffs that goes, "This time of year your best players have to be your best players".