Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

Odds not in Minnesota Wild's favor after losses

In 32 of the Blues' 82 regular-season games, their opponent pulled its goalie in the final minutes, and the Minnesota Wild did it in each of the first three games of their first-round playoff series as the Blues tried to hold on to one-goal leads.

The Blues now own a 3-0 lead in the opening round.

Only four teams in National Hockey League history have come back to win a playoff series after losing the first three games.

TORONTO (AP) - Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals, and the Capitals beat the Maple Leafs to leave their first-round playoff series tied at two games apiece.

A rare mistake by Allen, who had stopped 114 of 117 shots in the first three games, led to the goal with 3:10 remaining in the first period. We've got to find ways to score, whatever it is.

"It's only one game, they've still got a hell of an advantage three games to one", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Nevertheless, in the midst of a stretch where nothing is finding the back of the net, the Wild weren't complaining late in the first period when Allen misplayed a puck behind the net and teed up Coyle for a gift-wrapped goal. "Get rid of the loss here tonight, look at what we could do better tomorrow, get a good practice in and head to Minnesota".


"Three games are one bounce one way or the other", Dubnyk said after Game 3.

"I'm just playing my game", Allen said.

From 2015-16, Allen had eight playoff starts and in those games was 3-5 with a 2.55 goals-against average and.897 save percentage (compare that to 0.91 and.974 vs. the Wild thus far). "Luckily they had a guy there, not a big deal". Steen hasn't been practicing, but Yeo said he will play Wednesday. "And that's going to be the same thing on Saturday, because if not, it's over".

In Minnesota's first-round series a year ago against the Dallas Stars, Koivu was one of the Wild's best players, not only productive but primal. Eric Staal was centering Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund; Mikko Koivu was centering Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise; Martin Hanzal was centering Jason Zucker and Jason Pominville; and Eriksson Ek was centering Chris Stewart and Ryan White when the puck dropped at 8:30 p.m.at the Scottrade Center.

While the Wild trail face a daunting series deficit, they've been dominant in the face-off circle, winning 59 percent of the draws in Game 1, 63 percent of the draws in Game 2, and 58 percent of the draws in Game 3.

Regardless, the only thing that now matters is that the Blues are up 3-0 and need to take advantage of the opportunity to close out the series, get some needed rest, and avoid any injuries.

A four-game sweep should leave no sacred cows on this roster, even one with a hefty cap hit and no-trade clause baked into his contract. You can't go out there and think, 'I'm going to score.' We've got to play the same way defensively.

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