All the Corsi in the world doesn't matter when you're forced to take low-percentage shots, and that's what the Wild have been settling for in this first-round series. The crowd of 19,404 had its hopes of a split pierced, as the best-of-seven series now heads back to St. Louis for Game 3 Sunday at Scottrade Center at 2 p.m.
"Let's face it: Both games could've gone either way", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.
In the first game of the Minnesota Wild's postseason, the frequent-attack offense was met by a brick wall performance from the St. Louis Blues' goalie and a 2-1 loss in overtime. Minnesota's 3.21 goals-per-game average ranked second only to Pittsburgh's 3.39 in the regular season. "We had 52 shots on the net".
"I think we were guilty of playing a little bit safe tonight", Yeo said. "We had some good zone time and some good chances, but obviously not good enough".
Minnesota had a whopping 20 more shot attempts than the Blues in Game 2-outpacing them 59 to 39-but it was still only able to sneak one puck past Allen. "We had the right attitude and got the job done. It's unfortunate when you come out on the losing side of one of those games". "It was a good move and a great play". The game tips-off at 10:00 PM EST in Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul.
Blues coach Mike Yeo argued the Wild's shot attempts "will be inflated every game", reports Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press. "Really not much to say".
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Game 2 is Friday night in Minnesota. Goalie Devan Dubnyk simply hasn't been as dominant as Allen at the other end. Having said that, yes, as I wrote this morning, the Blues know they need to be a lot better if they're going to stay in this series. We're definitely going to be better. If not, can Allen play that well again? "I think the danger is to start changing what you're doing". "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". "We have to continue to play the way we played yesterday".
"Trying to play it cool, like I do it every day", said Edmundson, who has six goals in 153 National Hockey League games, including the playoffs.
On the winning goal, Blues star forward Vladimir Tarasenko carried to the front of the net, then passed to Edmundson, a defenseman who was crashing in from the blue line. Edmundson admitted that the puck just happened to land on his stick out of the madness-all he did was punch it home.
St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen, right, has a shot by shot by Minnesota Wild's Erik Haula of Finland deflect off his leg pad during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 12, 2017, . I wonder if he noticed the net and then the wall and was automatically trained to know the KHL distance to the corner which would be longer than the National Hockey League distance. "I saw the puck squirting free and I tried to jump and poke it and I think my shaft hit the post and propelled the puck out of the net".
It was just one of those days.
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