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

Rosalie Stanley
April 14, 2017

Allen almost carried the Blues to a regulation win before Zach Parise buried a masterful redirect in front of the net to tie the game 1-1 with less than 23 seconds to play in the third period.

In the end Allen and his teammates were rewarded as Joel Edmundson got the game victor at 17:48 of overtime to give St. Louis a 2-1 win and a one game to none lead in the best of seven series. He was obviously out-shined by Allen, but he played a solid, sustainable game that should have Wild fans feeling good about their netminder.

"That's game over, right there", Coyle said Thursday. He always comes to the rink with the right mindset, the right attitude, and it rubs off on us. That's all that matters.

He made the most saves ever recorded against the Wild in their 16-season history. Including Zach Parise stopping his teammates shot from going into the Blues goal.

The last time Allen played a playoff game in Minnesota, it was in Game 6 back in 2014 where he gave up two goals early on in the first period, goals Allen said he shouldn't have given up. "We extended the game and then you never know what can happen in overtime but you've got to score more than one".

The Blues played the ideal postseason road game for 59 minutes, 37 seconds until the levee finally broke when Zach Parise buried the tying goal with 22.7 ticks remaining in the third period off a deft set-up by Mikko Koivu. He had played in parts of seven National Hockey League seasons previously, most recently with the Blues in 2014. "I do think we played a pretty good game". "I really respect that and he's a guy that I love to play for". We execute on some of those chances and it's a different story.

The Wild outshot the Blues 52-26 and held a 47-33 advantage on faceoffs. Both teams survived a penalty kill, and Wild left winger Erik Haula had the best scoring chance via a breakaway after a Blues turnover, but Allen thwarted the attempt with a glove save. There would be one goal scored in the second period though by Vladimir Sobotka giving the Blues a 1-0 lead. The Wild are spending days in the Blues zone while St. Louis is having trouble applying any kind of pressure to Wild goaltender Devon Dubnyk.

While Minnesota's players tipped their hats to Allen, they also came away convinced about their own abilities. They got out shot and out hit, which is not a winning combination.

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The Wild finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference in their first season under head coach Bruch Boudreau. He's hot enough that he will not be beaten by long shots with no traffic in front of the net, but if the Wild can work the puck low and keep him guessing, there are goals to be found.

The game Wednesday night started much like many of us had expected. "I don't know if they were doing anything special that we weren't ready for. We're down 1-0. Now we have to even it up".

"It didn't look like we were going to get much by him, the way he was playing tonight", Boudreau said.

Allen's OT blank slate against the Wild stands at 17:38. One extra-attacker goal to force overtime.

"We outplayed them", said Charlie Coyle, sagely adding that the only thing the Wild failed to do was outscore the Blues. "We just need to take it another step and be better in the next game". "There's a few tweaks that we'll make, but we've got to bring that same intensity and that same grit to our game and push for 60 minutes".

My prediction? The Minnesota Wild win in six games. I don't care if it is a regular season game or playoffs, you should not be facing 52 shots in a single night. The previous high was 48.

Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues players miss it up by the Wild net during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. This was his ninth time in the playoffs in nine full seasons. Minnesota's 3.21 goals-per-game average ranked second only to Pittsburgh's 3.39 in the regular season.

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