Well, if you expected a battle with Central Division rival, you got it. The overtime loss vs. the St. Louis Blues was a heart breaker for Wild fans.
The Blues goaltender, Jake Allen played magnificent. It took The Wild 44 shots to finally put a puck behind Allen. It wasn’t until the last minute of the game with 22.7 seconds left that Zach Parise scored for The Wild.
Wow, that was exciting since Jake Allen had made a number of remarkable saves throughout the entire game before allowing the tying goal. Allen was clearly dialed in during the win. He remained strong though out overtime turning away all of Minnesota’s eight shots. He was far more focused during this overtime than the last play off game he started in Minnesota.
The fans definitely got their money’s worth during this one. They were on the edge of their seats until Joel Edmundson scored the game winner for The Blues at 17:48 of overtime. The final scored ended at 2-1 to give the Blues one to zero series lead in the best of seven.
Blues goaltender was interviewed after the game and stated “We wanted to come in here & get a good solid effort and we came out on top in the first game and that’s crucial for us.”
The first period was fairly even with shots ending at ten to nine in Minnesota’s favor. However, from that point on, they finished the game outshooting The Blues 42-17. If you are a hockey fan, you know how difficult it must have been for Allen to stop 51 of 52 shots. He was a brick wall in net which made it nearly impossible for The Wild to put the puck in the net.
Allen spoke like a leader after the game. He said “I think we did a good job as a group. We came in here & we still had a good attitude. It’s tough, it’s hockey. They had a good push there in the third period. We came back, had a decent overtime and got a greasy goal for the win. That’s usually what it takes in the extra frames.”
For the Wild fans, they shouldn’t be worried if they continue to play as well as they did last night. If they are getting 50 plus shots on goal, they should find a way to win four of the seven (if necessary). Allen will not play that well every night. This game was special for him.
For the Wild, they must come back strong on Friday night when they host The Blues at the Xcel. Game time is 7 p.m. so don’t miss the game! Anyone can be a hero on any given night. This is the Stanley Cup playoffs and that’s just how it works.