Dubnyk, Wild shut out Blues, avoid sweep

His performances in the Wild's past two playoff games explain it all - the tying goal in a 3-1 loss in Game 3 on Sunday, the victor in Wednesday's night's 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4.

The Wild got goals from Charlie Coyle and Martin Hanzal and airtight goaltending by Devan Dubnyk as they avoided a sweep with a 2-0 victory over the Blues in Game 4 of their National Hockey League first-round playoff series.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (49-28-8-2 SU, 44-43 ATS, 30-41 O/U): Captain Max Pacioretty scored a team-high 35 goals during the season but has been blanked in the series, including a stop of a third-period breakaway in Game 5.

In a flip of the script that will go down as the turning point if the Wild somehow complete a miraculous comeback after trailing 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, Dubnyk outplayed Allen as the Wild earned a 2-0 win over the Blues on Wednesday night at Scottrade Center.

St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russian Federation, brings the puck down the ice as Minnesota Wild's Marco Scandella, left, watches during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in St. Louis.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue Saturday with three all-important elimination games on the slate, as the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, and, San Jose Sharks try to extend their season by at least one more game.

TORONTO (AP) — Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals, and the Capitals beat the Maple Leafs to leave their first-round playoff series tied at two games apiece.

Game 4 didn't turn out the way anyone wearing Blue had hoped. In a series plot twist, Allen couldn't avoid game-turning miscues.

Game 5 will be Saturday in Minnesota. He got two cracks at the puck from the side of the net and popped his second shot off Dubnyk's side and in for a 3-1 lead. "We're more aware of what our game feels like when we're playing well, and I think that's helped us, especially on the road". "But I thought we outshot them, and (had more) scoring chances". I'm just so pissed off. ...

Entering Game 4 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday, the Blues had a chance to finish the job.

"It's only one game, they've still got a hell of an advantage three games to one", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Allen stopped 26 shots in the loss. "Game 4 was just not the way we could afford to start and give them that life", Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said.

Don't Get Cocky / Comfortable Charlie Coyle was caught on camera shipping a big ol' smirk at Jake Allen in the waning moments of Game 4. "Still, all of a sudden one of them could break out and get four (goals) tomorrow, so it's not a sitting there and patting ourselves on the on the back type of thing". "That was the focus, I think". Perhaps this spring has triggered the breakthrough performance for a player the Wild have planned to be part of their core for several seasons to come.

"We battled hard - that's one thing that we've gotta take credit for is really battling - and so did they", Zucker said.

The Wild are the better team and have been in all four games of the series.

All kidding aside, the Blues are going to need Lehtera going down the stretch and it is better to knock the rust off him now rather than a game in which the Blues have some kind of must win scenario.

"But, for sure, it was a scary play and when a guy goes down like that you get scared there for a bit and you get down but, like I said, it was a relief seeing that he was able to get up and into the room on his own". He now has three points in five playoff games in the postseason. The Wild need to keep playing the way they're playing, he said, and add 10 percent. "We had a chance to wrap it up at home and didn't make the most of it".



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