Wild fall behind 2-0 after Game 2 loss to Blues

  • Wild fall behind 2-0 after Game 2 loss to Blues

Wild fall behind 2-0 after Game 2 loss to Blues

"When we play that way, I think when this is all said and done, we're going to be in a good place". "That's about it right now".

While steadfastly refusing to reveal his team's lineup prior to game day, per normal practice, St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo joked that goalie Jake Allen might get the start for his team in Game 2 of Friday's first-round playoff series at the Minnesota Wild.

With the game tied on Coyle's goal in the second, the Blues found a response when late in the second period, Alexander Steen created a scoring chance for Jaden Schwartz; after his chance at a goal was missed when he couldn't square up a shot with proper timing, Steen looped around the back of the net for the quick pass to Schwartz, who floored it into the side of the net to regain the lead. Parise led the way with seven shots while leading scorer Mikael Granlund - along with Jason Zucker and Charlie Coyle - finished with six in the series opener. That tally briefly tied the game 1-1.

Colton Parayko gave the Blues the early lead just 3:25 into the opening period as he beat goalie Devan Dubnyk with a wrist shot after a flawless set up by Patrik Berglund. It came on a power-play after he drew a high-sticking penalty against the Wild's Ryan White. It's also the second time in the past month that tactic has produced a one-goal St. Louis win over the Wild.

Allen then went to work to protect the lead, stopping 19 shots in the third period. On Friday, he couldn't see the puck on either goal, so after two games, there are zero goals that I would hang on him, and he has still given up only two per game.

The Wild tied it 1-1 at 12:59 of the second on Coyle's goal, Minnesota's first 5-on-5 goal in the series and only one in 197:48.

But a loss is a loss, and the Blue Jackets now have three stacked against them after their 5-4 overtime defeat.

"I felt like we had a lot of looks, a lot of opportunities out front that seemed to be bouncing his way last night", Staal said. "I saw the puck squirting free and I tried to jump and poke it and I think my shaft hit the post and propelled the puck out of the net".

Getzlaf's attempted pass across the high slot banked off Bouma's foot and somehow arched through the air and past Calgary's Brian Elliott for the Anaheim captain's second goal of the series. "A lot of shots from tough angles (and) I did a pretty decent job of keeping pucks away from their players". "That was one heck of a shot to kind of get us going there". "We have chances. Obviously chances aren't good enough".

Bryan Rust added two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves. The Blues have won both games in this series 2-1 and have won three straight meetings with the Wild by the same score. Minnesota's 3.21 goals-per-game average ranked second only to Pittsburgh's 3.39 in the regular season. "We just can't score right now". "They were ticked off", he said, "which is what we want them to be". "That's all it comes down to".

The series moved to St Louis on Sunday for Game 3 in which the Blues were out to delight the home crowd in order to give themselves a 3-0 series lead.

"Overall I thought it was a much better consistent effort tonight than it was in Game 1", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. Who knows? Maybe playing on the road and getting rid of the pressure of wanting to put on a good show for its home fans will do the team some good. That's how you mature and how you grow as a group. For me, it's just about staying focused and playing a really strong game. We've told him that all year, shoot the puck.

Coach Bruce Boudreau gathered his coaching staff for another video session Monday morning, hoping his best and brightest can strategize Minnesota out of the Blues' choke hold and somehow prove that one of the NHL's most prolific offenses is not a total fraud. Because of the break in the schedule before game four, the Wild returned to Minnesota after the game.