April 24, 2017

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

15 April 2017, 11:52 | Simon Arnold

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

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

Game one saw the Blues and Wild play a pretty even first period.

While it still might not be time to panic as the Wild were one of the best road teams in the National Hockey League this season, teams that fall behind 2-0 in a best-of-seven series win the series a mere 12.7 percent of the time (49 out of 385). They can't afford to go back to St. Louis down 0-2.

Joel Edmundson slowly skated away from the slot after his overtime victor for St. Louis, as if the 23-year-old defenseman had done this several times before.

St. Louis managed to win Game 1 thanks to a dominant performance from goalie Jake Allen.

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen, right, has a shot by shot by Minnesota Wild's Erik Haula of Finland deflect off his leg pad during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 12, 2017, . With Devan Dubnyk pulled for an extra attacker, he converted a feed from Mikko Koivu, forcing overtime and causing the sellout crowd to erupt. The puck threaded through the Wild defense like a well-timed pass to Edmundson, who knocked in the second postseason goal of his career.

"It was a heck of a game", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Of course, Minnesota got a huge boost from their game tying goals. Much has been made about Zach Parise preventing one of his own team's goals but Nino Niederreiter should get the most credit for keeping the puck out of the net.

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These days, their 26-year-old goaltender better be at the top of the packing list. In addition to the supporting role I previously mentioned on the overtime goal, he led the Blues in faceoff percentage and was the only Blue with any true number of draws that was actually over 50%. "I think we're going to get some breaks around the net". Allen took the loot in Game 1, and the Blues were sheepishly counting it the day after.

Bobby Ryan scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots. Kyle Brodziak, the former Wild center, tried to clear the loose puck.

That sequence was a little lucky, but Allen showed plenty of skill.

The Blues were headed for a second straight overtime when Schwartz said hold on, scoring his seventh-career playoff goal with 2 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in regulation. "It's just a win", Allen said on Thursday after a light practice as both teams tuned up for Game 2 on Friday. Alexander Steen gloved a clearing attempt by Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin, then fed the puck to Sobotka in the high slot. He's the coach now, working his regular season magic, and here we are.

The puck drops for Game 2 at 7 p.m. The announced attendance of 19,404 was the third-largest in Wild playoffs history. Zac Choate has the Game Two plan for the Blues. The Wild fans, and those who admire Boudreau's overall body of work, are shaking their heads. This was his ninth time in the playoffs in nine full seasons. Blues C Paul Stastny was not able to play on Wednesday and was the team's most significant scratch. Stastny missed the last 10 games of the regular season, and Bortuzzo and Yakupov each sat out the last five games. The Wild have lost two games.

Game 2 is Friday in Minnesota. They've won four playoff series.

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