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

On paper, the Wild obliterated the Blues on Wednesday night.

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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