Blues vs. Wild game three preview: Sanford stays in

BLUES 3, WILD 1: In St. Louis, Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Jake Allen made 40 saves to lead St. Louis, which is up 3-0 in best-of-7 first-round series.

"It's a tough building to play in, tough building to win in and we got the job done", Allen said. "He's been phenomenal. It's fun to watch, it's fun to be apart of, and it's good to see him doing so well, because he is a great goalie". "We are going to have to beat them".

Jake Allen, who stopped 74 of 76 Minnesota shots in the first two games on the road, made 40 saves, including 19 in the third period, as the Blues once again stymied the high-scoring Minnesota offense which finished second in the National Hockey League in the regular season with 266 goals.

NOTES: The Blues did not make any changes to their lineup, meaning C Jori Lehtera was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. "I know that they're not going to go away lightly".

"Well, if you're looking for things, you can nitpick and find ways. reasons we're not that successful".

Mikko Koivu's deflection hit the post and Jason Pominville's unabated drive to the net was denied by Allen, to name two of them in the third period.

Nearly any way you look at it, Jake Allen is playing the best hockey in the highest stakes of his professional career right now.

Zach Parise scored again for the Wild, on a 5-on-3 late in the second period, but goalie Devan Dubnyk simply hasn't been as dominant as Allen at the other end. Just a few minutes after Edmundson's long-distance one-timer, Marco Scandella's uncontested wrist shot banged off the crossbar and went straight up. It's an impossibility. You live with this (feeling) 24 hours.

It should be noted both of the goals scored by the team have been in the area by the crease.

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Game 1: Wednesday, April 12, St. Louis at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.

Boudreau got upset during his press conference Sunday after a question about some struggles by the Wild's third line, but Monday he was calm and no longer on edge. "I don't really get caught up in it, but it's nice to see support from the fans". With an incredible 114 saves on 117 shots in the series so far, Allen has proved solid for the Blues with some truly spectacular saves. It was his third career playoff goal and his first goal this season since February 2.

Instead, winning Game 4 and surviving for a potential Game 5 back in St. Paul this weekend will come down to execution of a game plan that has, by and large, been successful through three games. "He's got a hell of a shot". They pushed really hard and put us on our heels a bit and we grinded and we got it done.

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.

"It seems like right now we're playing a little bit tight", forward Marian Hossa said.

The goal was the second of the series for Schwartz.

Minnesota, which outshot the Blues 41-31 for the game, outshot the Blues 32-16 over the final two periods.

White played right wing on the third line alongside Martin Hanzal and opposite Nino Niederreiter, while Prosser paired with Jonas Brodin.

This is the exclusive group the Wild will be trying to join as teams that have come back from 3-0 deficits to win a playoff series. The Wild can not fall into the trap of breezing into Game 2 Friday and expecting their superior scoring depth will allow them to just to pick up where they left off.