Game Two Wild vs Blues in Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Wild outshot the Blues 18-6 in the third period and held a 44-21 advantage in shots on goal.

Game 2 was feistier and uglier than Game 1, though the same late-game drama stayed intact.

From the Wild's perspective, it's tough to drop one at home to open the series. Slowly, the Blues seemed to take control of the game - really for the first time in the series.

The Wild dominated the Blues through the first three periods, but Allen kept them out of the net. But the stark reality is that there are at most five games left, and the Wild need to win four of them, including at minimum two on the road to get past this round. Graff wrote that Yeo implied the Wild weren't getting chances from the middle of the ice.

Minnesota won the faceoff battle 65-35 percent in the first period Friday, but just as they did in Game 1, the Blues were able to withstand the Wild's pressure in the first period and come out scoreless. St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) and Alex Pietrangelo (27) celebrate after their team scored the winning goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 14, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. His attempted center for Parise hit a lunging Kyle Brodziak in front, and bounced right to the blade of Parise, who roofed a shot over Jake Allen for his second goal of the series. However - and it's a ridiculous thing to say in many ways - it might not be quite as good as it looks.

Bobby Ryan scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots. It was a big game for Allen. "We can't leave him like this to make unreal saves 5-7 times a game. If we attack the net and get there into those dirty areas, we're going to get a couple bounces and get some more goals for sure".

Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk faced less of a barrage than Allen, but was equally strong through 77 minutes. He's the coach now, working his regular season magic, and here we are. The Blues would get an early power play that the Wild would kill off. 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. They're sometimes derided for it.

Sobotka, who spent most of the season in Russian Federation playing in the KHL, skated in just one regular-season game for the Blues and had a goal in their 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Sunday.

And with that, the Blues ended a game that started similarly to Game 1, with the Blues struggling in numerous same areas.

Jake Allen seems ready for this. The Wild were running roughshod on the Blues. Though they do need to figure out how they turn those shots to their advantage because they can't finish every game as frustrated as Game 1 left them. They were definitely outplayed and the Blues were aware of that, but I think they're somewhat concerned and still confident. Vladimir Tarasenko's incredible shot and strength. Later the Wild would also go on the power play and the Blues succeeded in killing that penalty off. The Wild, who were second in the National Hockey League in goals during the regular season with 266, have just two in the series - a 6-on-5 goal in Game 1 and a 5-on-3-power play goal in Game 2 - and both have been scored by Zach Parise.