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Pens' rookie wins it in OT with hat trick

November 22 2017, 06:10 | Van Peters

Pens' rookie wins it in OT with hat trick

Pens' rookie wins it in OT with hat trick

But he may not be coming back to visit anytime soon.

Joel Edmundson scored for St. Louis at 17:48 of overtime, Jake Allen made a career-high 51 saves and the Blues sneaked into Minnesota to steal Game 1 of their first-round series from the Wild with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. Dubnyk has allowed just two goals in each of the three games, stopping 92.3 percent of the shots he's faced, but the Wild have lost all three games. See 2012-13 and 2013-14 though both of those series started with two home wins. "He played well. I think if we continue to do what we do, get around that net, play the way we can, we're going to get something for sure". So Sullivan put the best player in the game alongside a couple of 20-somethings who make up for in energy and intelligence what they lack in pedigree. "They're not gonna go away". They had a little bit of momentum and we needed to get some on our side.

Wild assistant captain, Zach Parise tied the game for the second time this series with a goal later in the second.

"They've been one of the best offensive teams in the league all year", Allen said.

"They've stuck to their game plan and we've stuck to ours and it was a real tough test for us out there the second half of the game", Allen said.

The Wild still swarmed, and the Blues did spend a bit more time in Minnesota's end in Game 2, and the netminder was able to come up with big, timely saves. "I think the danger is to start changing what you're doing".

St. Louis has been more than willing to allow the Wild shots from the outside. "We just have to go in and look at Sunday and say, 'OK".

The Blues took the lead early in the second via Edmundson's second goal of the 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. Is it the defensive system of former Wild coach Mike Yeo, or the sudden brilliance of goalie Jake Allen?

"I think he was just saving it all for the playoffs". "He's got a hell of a shot".

"We believe in him. When you get guys in front of the net, it's hard to save the puck when you can't see it". But if the Blues are planning on winning more games against the Minnesota Wild, they'll need to do it without breaking Allen's back. That was a big power-play goal for us.

Rust got his second of the series on a tip-in. There's no question that cynicism is coursing through the entire State of Hockey right now, but there are some true characters in the dressing room that can still turn this thing around.

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

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

The Blues have been up 2-0 before during this six season long playoff streak; once to the Los Angeles Kings in 2013 and once to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014.

Though the third period was intense, and included power play opportunities for the Wild, the Blues held serve. Sanford was in the lineup after the Blues scratched C Jori Lehtera.

Atkinson got his second goal at 5:02 of the first when he picked Sidney Crosby's pocket at the right circle and beat Fleury with a backhand.



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