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By the numbers, the Wild killed the Blues in Game 1

On paper, the Wild obliterated the Blues on Wednesday night.
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The St. Louis Blues allowed an average of 28.4 shots on goal per game during the regular season, which makes the 52 Minnesota put on net in Game 1 even more astounding. By the numbers, the Wild completely dominated Game 1.

  • Shots on goal: 52 to 26
  • Hits: 35 to 18
  • Takeaways: 15 to 6
  • Faceoffs won: 47 to 33
  • Held superstar Vladimir Tarasenko to 4 shots
  • Zach Parise's 7 shots on goal were his most in a game since Oct. 23
  • Jason Zucker tied a season high with 6 shots on goal
  • Charlie Coyle tied a season high with 6 shots on goal
  • Mikael Granlund's 6 shots on goal were one shy of his season high
  • Erik Haula tied a season high with 5 shots on goal

Still, they lost 2-1 in overtime and now trail 1-0 in the best-of-seven series with Game 2 in St. Paul Friday night.

Among all the dominating stats, one stands out Thursday morning: According to NHL.com, of the Wild's 52 shots on goal, none were tipped shots. That's a pretty good indicator that Blues goalie Jake Allen saw almost everything clearly en route to a career-high 51 saves.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch believes the Blues are toast if they play Game 2 like they played Game 1, but the Wild's inability to find the back of the net can't be overlooked. It's one of the main reasons they went through a March slump.

Shooting percentage is key in the playoffs, and Minnesota's in Game 1 was obviously bad despite a constant attack on the Blues.

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