Wild Take Game One In St. Louis
The Minnesota Wild kept their cool against a chippy Blues team and skated to a 4-2 win in St. Louis in Game One of the Western Conference playoffs Thursday night.
The Blues took 18 minutes of penalties as opposed to Minnesota's 4, and the Wild scored a power play goal while keeping St. Louis scoreless on special teams.
Jason Zucker started the scoring for the Wild with a wraparound goal at 2:47 of the first period, and Matt Dumba made it 2-0 at 4:10 of the second with a slap-shot power play goal.
The Blues got on the board at 7:12 of the third period when former Colorado College standout Jaden Schwartz scored to make the score 2-1. The Wild answered with an empty net goal at 18:47 of the period.
David Backes tried to agitate the Wild by cross-checking Mikael Granlund on the ensuing faceoff, which resulted in a Minnesota power play. However, the Blues quickly scored a short-handed goal with just under a minute left to make the score 3-2.
Minnesota iced the win with another ENG to win by a final score of 4-2.