Blues top Wild 3-1, grab 3-0 series lead

MURPHY: Wild can't let Allen's big game shake them

With the game tied on Coyle's goal in the second, the Blues found a response when late in the second period, Alexander Steen created a scoring chance for Jaden Schwartz; after his chance at a goal was missed when he couldn't square up a shot with proper timing, Steen looped around the back of the net for the quick pass to Schwartz, who floored it into the side of the net to regain the lead.

While the Wild might have thrown their best punch in Game 1 despite the loss - it's hard to imagine them firing 52 shots on net again in this best-of-seven series - coach Bruce Boudreau implored his players to keep their heads up.

In the third period, with only 22.7 seconds to play, Zach Parise fired a shot past Allen to tie the game and send the game to overtime.

The Wild have a chance to even up the series before heading to St. Louis when they play Friday at Xcel Energy Center at 7 p.m. So for them, not only to score the goal but to stabilize the game for us at that point, (Minnesota) clearly had the momentum after scoring. The goal came with the Wild on a 5 on 3 power-play.

The most frustrating thing about this series is that the best players for Minnesota in the regular season have made little to no impact through the first three games. Allen took the loot in Game 1, and the Blues were sheepishly counting it the day after.

With a delayed penalty coming up on the Wild, Patrik Berglund got the puck and fed Edmundson, who was parked on the blue line. We can't find any holes there right now. "So I don't see why we can't go in there and do the same thing to them that they did to us".

The Wild have limited Blues leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko to just one assist and seven shots on goal in the series.

So if you want to break down what is wrong with the Minnesota Wild this post-season, you can start right there. "Tomorrow is a great opportunity for us to get back on the board". "So that was the message in between periods: You know what, just stay with it".

Colton Parayko gave the Blues the early lead just 3:25 into the opening period as he beat goalie Devan Dubnyk with a wrist shot after a ideal set up by Patrik Berglund. "I do think we played a pretty good game".

According to oddsmakers at, this game is considered even, as both the Blues and the Wild are getting odds of -110 to win today's contest.

Jeff Petry and Paul Byron also scored for Montreal, which wasted early leads of 1-0 and 2-1.

Or perhaps the 62-year-old Boudreau is onto something as the Wild are a ideal 3-0 in Game 7s in franchise history.

"I think they're going to come here obviously motivated", Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said of the Wild. Going into the Flames/Ducks game last night, Edmundson was tied for the National Hockey League lead in playoff goals.

Joel Edmundson had the first goal for the Blues after winning Game 1 in overtime, Jake Allen was as steady as ever in the net again with 23 saves and coach Mike Yeo devised another shrewd plan for his former team. They controlled the puck more than twice as often as the Blues between both third periods.

For instance, Minnesota averaged significantly more puck possession time throughout the first two games.

"He's in the zone and he's really backstopping us right now". Allen's hot streak. The Blues' strong penalty kill.

Brady Skjei spoiled Price's shutout bid with 2:56 remaining for his first career playoff goal.