On the verge of elimination, Devan Dubnyk steps up for The Wild. He had a tremendous game stopping all 28 shots he faced to earn his first shutout since December. Dubnyk’s confidence in net appeared to spark the players in front of him.
Coyle has played well throuhgout the 2017 playoffs and added another goal in game four. Coyle’s goal was the the game winner which eventually led to a two to zero win in their elimination game. Hanzal scored the second to give Minnesota a little more comfort. This allowed them to continue to play their game which resulted in a win.
The Wild make the series 3-1 in the Blues favor but are headed home for game five. After a strong game four, they should have some momentum headed home. They looked good out there during the win on Wednesday night. If Dubnyk continues to play like he did, the team will respond in front of him. We saw this in game four. His confidence rubs off on the rest of the team which certainly isn’t a bad thing. If you recall, he was the reason The Wild went onto win 13 in a row during the midpoint of the season.
The Blues fought hard in the third which forced Dubnyk to make some crucial saves. His biggest save came against Joel Edmundson on a break early in the third. This was of course a confidence builder for The Wild goaltender since he eventually recorded a shutout.
Game 5: 4/22 vs. St. Louis @ 2:00 p.m. (Central Time)