Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Edmundson's OT victor sends Allen, Blues past Wild 2-1

Edmundson's OT victor sends Allen, Blues past Wild 2-1

The Wild put 52 shots on goal, out-shooting the Blues 52-26, but only one goal went in the net. Just how long can Blues goalie Jake Allen remain essentially flawless? St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) and Alex Pietrangelo (27) celebrate after their team scored the winning goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 14, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.

A late goal by Jaden Schwartz at the 17:33 mark of the third period gave the Blues a 2-1 victory and a two-games-to-none lead in this best of seven series.

After failing to split their home half of the series against the Blues, they fell into a two-game hole with a pair of games in St. Louis on the horizon. Obviously we're getting good performances right now from these guys, but what an experience for these kids. Make sure we don't get running around too much looking for the big hit, looking for the big play.

Jared Spurgeon broke in all alone, fired a shot into Jake Allen's chest. I swear, the Wild has more players that can score than Zach Parise. "We're just going to continue to do what we do".

"Well, both games were 2-1", coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked what his confidence level was in his in his team. The victory was the first for a Canadian team in the playoffs since 2015.

"That's playoff hockey. Sometimes it's a odd game", said Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who made 24 saves. The team is hoping to tie up the series with a win at home on Wednesday.

With Game 2 being eerily similar to Game 1, I very seriously considered copying my Game 2 Preview and posting it here, just to see if anybody would notice. "I thought we played a good game". The Wild can not fall into the trap of breezing into Game 2 Friday and expecting their superior scoring depth will allow them to just to pick up where they left off.

Having said all that, our season unofficially rests on today's game.

Defenseman Colton Parayko, who completed his second National Hockey League season and had two goals and five assists in 20 games last postseason will once again be called out in the playoffs.

NOTES: Four Minnesotans - Hannah Brandt, Kelly Pannek, Lee Stecklein and Maddy Rooney - who were members of the gold medal-winning American team at last week's Women's World Ice Hockey Championships in MI were introduced to a standing ovation before the game.

And when his defensemen weren't a half-step ahead of the Wild, Allen turned into a 6-foot-2 rabbit's foot, and the Wild shot the puck wide or into the side of the net, or directly into Allen's stomach. During his time with the team, the same group made the former Wild coach blow his top on more than one occasion. Yet Allen has fared well on the penalty kill, even with the defense limiting the Wild to less than a dozen shots on goals in power plays throughout the series.

NOTES: The Blues scratched center Paul Stastny (lower body), defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) and right wing Nail Yakupov (undisclosed), but they all could return at some point in the series. 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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