Devan Dubnyk came up with a 36-save performance and four different players scored as Minnesota moved a step closer to advancing after recording a 4-1 decision over St. Louis in Game 5 of this Western Conference quarterfinal.
Marco Scandella, Nino Niederreiter, Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle supplied offense for the Wild, who shook off a 6-1 home shellacking on Wednesday night and can close out their rivals back home in Game 6 on Sunday afternoon.
“We said we learned our lesson from Game 4. Now is our chance to prove it,” said Wild head coach Mike Yeo. “Still, we have not won anything yet. I think we’re very aware that home ice has not been a huge advantage in this series.”
Vladimir Tarasenko posted the lone score for the Blues, who are in danger of being eliminated in the first round for the third consecutive season. Jake Allen stopped just 15 shots in the setback.
Dubnyk was under siege in a busy third period for the Blues, as the hosts outshot the visitors by a 12-3 margin deep into the frame, but the Vezina Trophy finalist held the fort and kept his club up by two scores. [Read more…]