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Minnesota Wild unable to beat hot goalie Jake Allen, Blues take

20 April 2017, 07:24 | Charlene Valdez

Schwartz, Blues wary of Wild ahead of Game 3

Down But Not Out

How could he not? Minnesota began forcing the issue more prominently early in the second period, but the Blues surrendered few robust scoring chances.

Thanks in large part to his 40-save effort in a 3-1 win, the Blues have opened up a commanding 3-0 series lead in their Western Conference first-round series, pushing the Minnesota Wild to the brink of elimination.

All things considered, if only one of the two 0-3 teams get swept out of the playoffs, the Blue Jackets nearly seem more destined for an early exit since.

The Wild posted a franchise-record 52 shots in Wednesday night's game, but it wasn't enough to overcome to Blues' goaltender Jake Allen.

"I'm in the same boat", Parayko agreed with his teammate Pietrangelo, who said he was running out of words to describe Allen's dominance of late. "We just have to go in and look at Sunday and say, 'OK".

"Lights-out, I guess. He's calm back there".

"Everything they've done", Boudreau said, "we've expected". "We're going to need him the rest of the way".

NOTES: Four members of the USA women's hockey team, Twin Cities area natives Hannah Brandt, Kelly Pannek, Lee Stecklein and Maddie Rooney, led the crowd in the "Let's Play Hockey" chant before the opening faceoff. "I don't really get caught up in it, but it's nice to see support from the fans".

Artturi Lehkonen and Shea Weber scored power-play goals for Montreal and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.

"I think we kind of expect that type of series, for them to wait and be patient and wait for a turnover, wait for something to get their chance and then try to lock it down", said Parise. "Obviously, he knows tomorrow will be a new one and that's one thing he's done well for a long time - he's re-set himself". "You guys don't understand that they want to win as bad as anybody, for the city, for themselves, for the state". If it does, the Wild will be in big trouble of letting this series get away from them quickly.

Parayko gave the Blues a 1-0 lead 3 minutes, 25 into the first period; he joined a rush after Berglund blew through the Wild from his blue line into the neutral zone.

Coach Mike Yeo is making sure his team hears the alarm with some lineup moves before Friday night's Game 2. Keeping the Minnesota Wild forwards out of the crease was clearly a priority.

Minnesota has yet to play with a lead in any of the three games.

Wild assistant captain, Zach Parise tied the game for the second time this series with a goal later in the second. That's a bit of a risky play-what if the netminder had allowed a soft goal?-but the Blues are heading home with a 2-0 edge because of their composure and, yes, their grit.

You can forget about winning the series at this point. Our PK was great tonight. We've told him that all year, shoot the puck. He scored with 2:27 left in the third period of Game 2 to give St. Louis the 2-1 win. It was not to be however with Steen rubbing salt into the Wild's wounds with an empty netter, giving the Blues a 3-1 victory and cementing a 3-0 series lead.

"I'm in the same boat". Like I said, Happy Easter. "That wasn't fun to watch".

First Period - After being on the road for the first two games, the Blues took to the ice in front of a loud home crowd.

"It's been the same", Allen said of the three games.

"Both games could've gone either way", Boudreau said. But we just have to execute a little bit better overall.

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