Allen leads Blues to 3-0 series lead over Wild

How could he not? Instead, the Blues have scored first and been able to settle into a game of protecting the net and limiting the number of grade-A chances seen by Blues goaltender Jake Allen.

St. Paul, MN (Learfield)- A St. Louis goal with less than two-and-a-half minutes to go gave the Blues a 2-1 N-H-L playoff victory Friday night over the Wild.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 4:46 to play on a freaky deflection off Lance Bouma's skate, and Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. They will fly back to St. Louis on Tuesday before the Wednesday night game.

Allen has stopped 114 of 117 shots in the three games and has a 0.91 goals-against average and.974 save percentage, and on multiple occasions, chants of 'AL-LEN!, AL-LEN!, AL-LEN!' shook the rafters of the building. "I'm not very good with words". "I keep saying unbelievable, (using) the best words, I guess".

"You've got to look small picture right now", Parise added. "Maybe back in pee-wee when I was a forward or something like that, but no, not in the pro level". Nine players have recorded a least one point in the series - including defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who has registered seven shots and a plus-2 rating. "We relied on him a bit too much".

All was asked what the crowd chanting meant to him.

Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist, Patrik Berglund had a pair of helpers and Colton Parayko and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues. The Blues starter has allowed two goals on 78 shots through the first two games, an incredible feat considering Allen's struggles earlier in the year.

First, they'll need to best Jake Allen, who is by far the MVP of this series thus far.

Jason Zucker had a breakaway in the first period after exiting the box for his slashing penalty, but his errant pass to a streaking Eric Staal was fumbled along with a scoring chance as good as any of the dozens they generated in Game 1 while outshooting the Blues an overwhelming 52-26. Not that that's an indicator of anything, there are some parts of our game that could be better, there's no doubt in my mind. It's tough, but the one thing I know about this group is we're not going to quit. And the Wild can not expect to just flip the switch and dominate again without putting in the work.

Blues fans were anxiously awaiting perhaps a quick burst and start to get them off and running. It's also the second time in the past month that tactic has produced a one-goal St. Louis win over the Wild.

"Everything they've done", Boudreau said, "we've expected". Because of the break in the schedule before Game 4, the Wild returned to Minnesota after the game.

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. Just two Ryan Suter assists from the defense corps. Sixty-eight seconds later during a power play, Werenski's wrister from the top of the left circle clanged off the bar and into the top of the net to put Columbus up 3-1.

The St. Louis Blues know two things after the first two games of their first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild.

"Special teams were huge", Schwartz said. "You guys don't understand that they want to win as bad as anybody, for the city, for themselves, for the state". Our PK was great tonight.

"This is a new experience for all of us", Yeo said.

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