Wild Takes Day to Rest, Regroup Before Game 4

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen stops a shot by Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle right during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday

Blues beat Wild in OT

Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 4: Omaha native and former Nebraska-Omaha player Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift Pittsburgh to a road victory over Columbus and the Penguins a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. After the Wild outplayed the Blues in most every aspect of the sport save for goaltending in the first two games, the Blues weren't looking to steal another win-they wanted to dominate one.

Fragility doomed the Wild during the Mike Yeo era, so it was ironic that the half-season Blues coach reaped the rewards of his team's steely resolve in the face of Minnesota's relentless pressure.

"He's in the zone and he's really backstopping us right now".

Coyle's stick broke on his close-range shot in overtime, near the end of the Wild's third power play of the game, one of many near-misses for the Wild.

"We have to be better", veteran defenseman Ryan Suter said. They also know the series is far from over. We have a lot of guys that can contribute. Coyle scored off a rebound of a shot from Zach Parise, giving the Wild their first even-strength goal of the series and Parise his third point in three games.

Viktor Arvidsson, who scored the only goal in Game 1, provided a flawless screen on the play, with Ellis' shot going between his legs on the way to the net.

Who was the coach of that team? Yeo and the Blues have shown no quit in their brutally effective game. "The growth they're going to get playing in these types of games is huge".

The team that started the Stanley Cup playoffs with the lowest odds to win it all was returning to its home arena with a 2-0 series lead. "I know that they're not going to go away lightly". "We're just going to continue to do what we do". They're going to throw everything at us and we're excited to go home for sure.

Game 3: Sunday, April 16, Minnesota at St. Louis, 2 p.m.

"It's short-term goals", Boudreau said.

"One game at a time, you must take". "He's been phenomenal. It's fun to watch, it's fun to be apart of, and it's good to see him doing so well, because he is a great goalie". "Things can change so fast in any series". Just a few minutes after Edmundson's long-distance one-timer, Marco Scandella's uncontested wrist shot banged off the crossbar and went straight up. Going into the Flames/Ducks game last night, Edmundson was tied for the National Hockey League lead in playoff goals.

Having said all that, our season unofficially rests on today's game. Then go from there. Between those two contests, Allen stopped 74 of 76 shots.

"Character win the first one, and then tonight played a really solid game", Rinne said.

So with the Blues and Wild entering a stretch with just one game in the next five days, both teams grabbed the chance for an off day on Monday. He was coaching Anaheim a year ago when the Ducks lost their first two games at home, and then won the next three before finally losing the first-round series in seven games.

"Well, I mention it to draw from the experience", Boudreau said when asked if he talks about those experiences to his team. So, the Blues will need to keep improving their overall game around Allen's hot hand in hopes for a deep playoff run. There also might not be a better place to blaze a comeback trail than in an opposing building, at least according to veteran winger Chris Stewart.

"There's no quit in this dressing room", he said. It's an example of how the Wild needs to find its creativity again, and get the St. Louis goaltender moving a bit, because a clean shot will absolutely not beat him right now.

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