Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

Minnesota Nice was as far as Yeo went during his mic-drop moment after the Blues' 4-3 victory in Game 5. Blues forward Magnus Paajarvi made sure the Wild wouldn't get any more chances to extend the series to a 6th game when he lifted a puck over Devan Dubnyk's shoulder to give the Blues the game and series victor. Now with a 3-1 lead, the Blues are back in Minnesota where they have won three consecutive games at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild will need it to rally back and win this seven-game, first-round series.

Meanwhile, St. Louis must finish Minnesota off quickly.

"I've got a lot of time and a lot of respect from everybody here, from top to bottom, players, coaches, management - everything", Yeo said about the Wild.

It sounds simple, but Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild came into Game 4 of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night with one goal: Get the series back home.

Allen stopped 174 of the 182 shots he faced in the series. I think much of the delay we saw on Wednesday was due to the WIld playing the puck before it hit the ice. "I'm sure Chuck and the management crew will get together and hopefully go through what we had and see what we need and go at it for the future".

At home in Game 4, the Blues took the first period off. "We like our group, and we think our players deserve the best chance possible to compete and see what we can do".

Attack the Middle of the Ice and Crease Martin Hanzal's insurance goal late in Game 4 was the first goal the Wild have scored all series in which someone launched a direct attack at Jake Allen by coming straight down Route 1.

Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker scored to bring the Wild back from their second two-goal hole, a deficit that held past the midpoint of the third period.

Rangers oust Canadiens: Mats Zuccarello scored twice in the second period and the host Rangers advanced with a 3-2 win over the Canadiens in Game 6 of their series. He turned the puck over to Vladimir Sobotka, whose pass found the trailing Paajarvi for the victor.

Paajarvi's first career playoff goal gave Blues coach Mike Yeo the satisfaction of beating the team that fired him a little over a year ago. They lacked that finishing touch to reward their 5-on-5 effort, though, and Dubnyk couldn't quite match Allen's brilliance.

Wild - C Erik Haula (Questionable Saturday, undisclosed), G Darcy Kuemper (Questionable Saturday, illness), D Victor Bartley (Questionable, Saturday, tricep).

Pominville could waive his no-movement clause - the Vegas Golden Knights more than likely wouldn't take the 34-year-old - to open up another forward spot.

"I'm proud of it, but I'm not satisfied", Paajarvi said. We're all sick of it.

Dubnyk had to stop 12 in the third period. Coach Bruce Boudreau's face was redder than an heirloom tomato from the opening faceoff. He mentioned how after the season that the Wild had put together, racking up the most points in franchise history, they deserved to at least have one playoff game to feel good about. He charged in from the corner and, after a collision of sticks with Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, kept the puck alive by pin-balling it off the inside of both skates before going to the opposite side to beat Dubnyk.

"That was our goal, and we got the job done", Coyle said.

The Rangers will face the victor of the Ottawa-Boston series, which the Senators lead 3-2. Yet again, the Blues came away victorious, in the game and in the series. C Alexander Steen did not practice for the last days for the Blues as he apparently deals with a lower-body injury, but he was still in the lineup Wednesday night. He has eight goals in 20 career playoff games against Minnesota.

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