Edmundson's OT winner sends Allen, Blues past Wild 2-1

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Booed during the pregame lineup announcements by the overflow sellout crowd of 19,168, a href='https://apnews.com/4e6e41ebf76249f4ada0eb0ab79e0a92/Yeo, -it's-me:-Ex-Wild-coach-leads-Blues-into-playoff-matchup'Yeo settled in for just his 33rd game as boss of the Blues/a following the firing of Ken Hitchcock that triggered the early promotion and a 22-8-2 finish.

Fourteen years ago, Giguere and his Michelin Man pads shattered the Wild's confidence and their Cinderella slippers during an historic postseason in which he set an overtime playoff shutout streak of 168 minutes, 27 seconds.

RANGERS 2, CANADIENS 0: Tanner Glass scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to help NY beat Montreal in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference series. That sends a bit of a message to Yeo's team: If the coach doesn't like what he sees he is not afraid to swap you out, even if the team wins.

Winning tonight will require a Wild goal in the first period.

"As far as I know", he said.

Late face-offs, fatalism and liquor are a lethal combination for a fan base conditioned to expect the worst, but relax, Wild fans.

"They clog the middle of the ice up", Boudreau said.

At some point, if Minnesota is going to make a series out of this, it has to start converting on some of these golden chances.

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The St. Louis Blues might be onto something after taking a 2-0 series lead on Friday night. For every 51 save game Allen has, there's nearly surely going to be a few mistakes on the other end. However - and it's a ridiculous thing to say in many ways - it might not be quite as good as it looks. Screened by David Perron, Dubnyk didn't track Schwartz's deep shot from the slot. It was a big game for Allen. As I said that night, you sometimes have to win in spite of officiating if not at least regardless of officiating. The Wild know their backs are against the wall.

In the final hour of the regular season, Sobotka rejoined the Blues-for real this time. The Wild have that this post season more so than ever.

There is a fine line between the Wild granting Allen his due and allowing him to cast a spell over their stymied shooters. He has the ability to steal games, but the Wild's relentless forecheck can take care of a lot of the work if Dubnyk is serviceable. Dubnyk and the Wild are in a terrible position, as they've now dropped the first two games of the series on home ice. It's hard to go all in on these guys yet - there are plenty of playoff newbies and some puck luck, especially in Game 1, could've made this a different series. See Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa, Chicago, Chicago and Chicago.

Within the past 96 hours, Jake Allen has been extended this narrative to a new high.

The odds are with the Wild if they continue to outshoot the Blues like they did Wednesday. By all logic and reason, the Blues shouldn't have won Game 1-and they did it anyway.

"I don't think he's in our head". Vladimir Tarasenko's incredible shot and strength.

Mike Yeo also weighed in on the celebration-or lack thereof. Allen's hot streak. The Blues' strong penalty kill.

The Wild put 52 shots on goal, out-shooting the Blues 52-26, but only one goal went in the net.

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