Dubnyk quiets the Blues, as Wild reclaim series lead

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The Minnesota Wild are on the brink of advancing to the Western Conference semifinals after beating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Friday night in Game 5.

The win gives the Wild a 3-2 series lead and a chance to clinch it in six at home on Sunday.

Devan Dubnyk rebounded from his rough night on Wednesday, with a 36 save performance on Friday. He kept the Wild in the game early as Minnesota was outshot 12-3 in the first period.

The Blues got on the scoreboard first, again it was Vladimir Tarasenko with his sixth goal of the series. He was assisted by Alexander Steen and Jaden Schwartz.

But that was all the Blues would get.

The Wild didn't stay down long, less than three minutes later Minnesota answered on a powerful slap shot by Marco Scandella.

This embed is invalid

The Wild claimed the lead in the second on Nino Niederreiter's second goal of the series. Less than two minutes later, Minnesota pushed the lead to two as Miko Koivu scored on a Wild power play.

This embed is invalid

Then in the third the Wild put the game away with a goal from Charlie Coyle.

Game 6 is Sunday back in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center.

Scoring Summary

1st period: 8:04 STL – PPG Vladimir Tarasenko (6) Wrist shot – Assist: Alexander Steen (3), Jaden Schwartz (2) 1-0 STL

1st period: 11:06 MIN – Marco Scandella (2) Slap shot – Assist: Jared Spurgeon (2) 1-1 Tie

2nd period: 14:56 MIN – Nino Niederreiter (2) Snap shot – Assist: Chris Stewart (2) 2-1 MIN

2nd period: 16:22 MIN – PPG Mikko Koivu (1) Wrist shot – Assist: Zach Parise (4) 3-1 MIN

3rd period: 14:50 MIN – Charlie Coyle (1) Wrist shot – Assist: Thomas Vanek (2) 4-1 MIN

Next Up

Jared Vanderbilt

Shorthanded Timberwolves fall to Atlanta in Monday matinee

D'Angelo Russell scored 31 points, but didn't have much help.

police lights

Man, 72, critical after possible robbery outside Minneapolis business

The 72-year-old sustained gunshot wounds in the incident.

vaccine

It could take months to vaccinate MN teachers, people 65 and older

"This is going to be harder than going to Ticketmaster and trying to get Bruce Springsteen tickets," Walz said.

Herb Brooks statue

Trump's planned statue garden would include 2 Minnesotans, others with MN links

But there were some notable names absent from the wide-ranging and eclectic list.

k9 zeke

Petition seeks to allow retired Corcoran officer to keep K9 partner

Corcoran's public safety director says if K9 Zeke is donated to the officer it will be a loss for the department.

covid

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 18

The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Tom Kelly Jr.

Tom Kelly Jr., son of Twins World Series manager, dies at 42

He was a member of the 2001 UST national championship team.

Hennepin County CSI

Police: Man shot in the head by woman in Richfield

It happened in the early hours of Monday.

University of St. Thomas

St. Thomas students robbed by suspects in ski masks

Nobody was injured in the early Saturday incident.

Related