Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination


In truth, both approaches make sense in night of the parity that has defined the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

Mikko Koivu is a candidate to win the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward after a marvelous regular season in which he was a career-high plus-27, scoring his most goals (18) and points (58) since 2010-11.

"I think he's played very well", Blues coach Mike Yeo said.

Coyle was in the right place at the right time.

After scoring the deciding goal in Game 4, Koivu willed the Wild to victory in Game 5 at Dallas, scoring the tying goal with 3:09 remaining and bagging the overtime victor to haul the series back to St. Paul. For as much as everyone perceives the Wild dominated game 1, the statistics suggest that this "dominance" should only have produced one extra goal.

Some of it can be chalked up to "puck luck", but at the end of the end of the day, the Wild have to find a way to create their own luck. "I don't know what's going on over there but we're just focused on ourselves and we're not worrying about what they're doing or what they're changing or doing to their lineup".

However, Stastny won't play on Wednesday night as the Blues attempt to lock up a first-round series sweep of the Wild. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

"It's just not happening right now", said Wild Head Coach Bruce Boudreau in the press conference after the third loss.

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There's no denying it - the Minnesota Wild are in something of a pickle.

Of course, the Blackhawks are down three games to the Nashville Predators in their first-round series, and NHL-best Washington is down 2-1 to Toronto after three overtime games. But for now, the Wild can rest with the knowledge that they're still alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The impressive performance from the Wild came after days of saying the right things leading up to the must-win game. The 2014 Los Angeles Kings lost their first three games in the postseason, but won four consecutive games to advance.

That type of comeback did not surface again until 33 years later when the New York Islanders came back from down 3-0 to win in the NHL Quarterfinals.

As of Wednesday morning, goaltender Devan Dubnyk hadn't allowed more than two goals in any game this postseason yet the Wild still trailed 3-0 in the best-of-seven series. The over/under total for the game is listed at 5 goals.

"We were shooting and we were going to the net the first three games but nothing went in", Hanzal said. "We have to keep pushing". Given how the teams have played, the Blues could be down 3-0 but the idea or notion that the Blues SHOULD be down 3-0 is silly and is likely either based on fandom or too simplistic of a view of advanced statistics.

"Yeah, 100 percent", Blues defenseman Colton Parayko said.