Parayko gets first goal of game for Blues — Blue Notes

Ruben Hill
April 17, 2017

Game 3 is Sunday night in NY. He made some good saves. Now, Sunday is essentially a must-win game for the Wild or they'll fall to a three-game deficit with their Stanley Cup hopes on the line. The first is to get more bodies and pucks going towards the net. Minnesota, a team that needed to be on the scoreboard first, was betrayed by their goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

Screened by David Perron during Schwartz's deep shot from the slot, the 6-foot-6 Dubnyk didn't see the puck. Kyle Brodziak, the former Wild center, tried to clear the loose puck. Suter was forced into a hooking minor when he (hardy) put his stick on something called Zach Sanford.

- They are tied for 10th in penalty killing out of 16. The Blues blocked 19 shots.

That, and there's also a lot of truth to his message, as the Wild have been the better team in the best-of-seven series except for the fact that Allen has been absolutely spectacular between the pipes.

The frustrating thing about this is that the players mentioned above haven't played bad in the series. If the Wild can get the Blues D moving it will open up shooting lanes.

The second period didn't have much difference.

Signed to a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension that will kick in next season, Allen became the primary net-minder last summer when the Blues traded Brian Elliott to Calgary.

The Wild have inserted themselves into a gaping hole. They've controlled five of the six periods that have been played in regulation, piling up shots and racking up chances against Allen. However - and it's a ridiculous thing to say in many ways - it might not be quite as good as it looks.

After the 2013-14 season, St. Louis winger Vladimir Sobotka signed in the KHL.

Or perhaps the 62-year-old Boudreau is onto something as the Wild are a ideal 3-0 in Game 7s in franchise history. Coyle tapped a rebound in over Allen for the tying tally. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 28 goals, Mikael Granlund has 43 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 186 shots on goal.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel, center, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates, left to right, Olli Maatta Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary and Trevor Daley during the first overtime period in Game 3 of the playoffs against Columbus on Sunday.

The last times the Blues went up 2-0 on the road, they swept those series - once in 2001 against the Dallas Stars and once in 1993 against the Chicago Blackhawks. He converted a pass from Alexander Steen from behind the net to snap a 1-1 tie at 15:19 of the second period while the Wild's Ryan White was serving a minor high-sticking penalty against Schwartz. Schwartz would get the ultimate revenge by sneaking the puck in between the pad of Dubnyk and the left post on the power play. "We've been a good road team all year, so we're just going to try to keep playing our game and I think we'll get some momentum here". Keeping the Minnesota Wild forwards out of the crease was clearly a priority. Parayko took the second-most shots on the Blues this season, 188. In the third period, the Wild had yet another chance with the man-advantage at 4:47 of the period, but that was yet another waste.

Two more St. Louis victories and that plan will have worked to perfection. "We anticipate a long series". This is especially important against a Minnesota team that recorded a league-high 187 goals in 5-on-5 play the regular season. Blues goalie Jake Allen had 51 saves, allowing a lone goal in the final minute of the third period. They will fly back to St. Louis on Tuesday before the Wednesday night game. The Wild officially have their collective backs against the wall and they need to be the cornered animal and take some bites out of their assailants. So Sullivan put the best player in the game alongside a couple of 20-somethings who make up for in energy and intelligence what they lack in pedigree.

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