Road success continues, as Wild win playoff opener in St. Louis


The Minnesota Wild took Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals in St. Louis on Thursday night, beating the Blues 4-2.

Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville scored empty net goals in the final 1:13 to put the game out of reach, and the Wild took the 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Zach Parise added a pair of assists for the Wild and Devan Dubnyk took care of the rest stopping 19 shots in his first playoff start.

Jason Zucker helped the Wild grab the early momentum, when he broke free off a line change to net this terrific goal.

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In the second period, the Wild added to the lead on Matt Dumba's first career playoff goal. Dumba's slap shot sailed past St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen to make it 2-0.

The Blues made it interesting in the third. Jaden Schwartz scored on a wrist shot to cut the Wild's lead to one.

Granlund's empty-netter gave Minnesota a 3-1 lead, but it only lasted for a few seconds as Alexander Steen scored short handed with 58 seconds left. Seconds later Pominville answered to put the game away.

The series continues in St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.

Scoring Summary

1st period: 2:47 MIN – Jason Zucker (1) Wrap-around – Assist: Justin Fontaine (1) 1-0 MIN

2nd period: 4:10 MIN PPG – Matt Dumba (1) Slap shot – Assist: Jared Spurgeon (1), Nino Niederreiter (1) 2-0 MIN

3rd period: 7:12 STL – Jaden Schwartz (1) Wrist shot – Assist: Kevin Shattenkirk (1), Patrik Berglund (1) 2-1 MIN

3rd period: 18:47 MIN EN – Mikael Granlund (1) Wrist shot – Assist: Zach Parise (1) 3-1 MIN

3rd period: 19:01 STL SHG – Alexander Steen (1) Wrist shot – Assist: Vladimir Tarasenko (1), Shattenkirk (2) 3-2 MIN

3rd period: 19:40 MIN PPG EN – Jason Pominville (1) Wrist shot – Assist: Parise (2) 4-2 MIN

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