Blues superstar Vladimir Tarasenko has no goals and two assists in the best-of-seven series, yet the Wild are still on the ropes, trailing 3-0.
Schwartz had a power-play goal at 15:19 of the second period to put the Blues one win away from the second round. Deserving has nothing to do with it when you score three goals in three games. "We got two wins, you're definitely happy about that, but we need a little bit better effort and I think we're going to get it". The Wild outshot the Blues 52-26 and outchanced them 21-6 in the opener, but Jake Allen shut the door and defenseman Joel Edmundson scored 17:48 into overtime as St. Louis posted a 2-1 victory.
All the Corsi in the world doesn't matter when you're forced to take low-percentage shots, and that's what the Wild have been settling for in this first-round series.
The tattered playbook for confronting 0-3 series deficits offers clichés and rote wisdom like Yoda preaching about conquering the dark side and living to fight another day.
In the end, though, Schwartz quieted the crowd with his game-winning goal via a snipe with traffic in front of goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
Fresh off the best regular season in franchise history and armed a deep forward unit that deposited more pucks into the net than all but one National Hockey League team, the Wild coach didn't expect to be staring down an 0-3 deficit in a seven-game, first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.
Yeo, as he takes his team back to St. Louis for two games on home ice, has a singular perspective about his situation and his opponent.
The Blues played the ideal postseason road game for 59 minutes, 37 seconds until the levee finally broke when Zach Parise buried the tying goal with 22.7 ticks remaining in the third period off a deft set-up by Mikko Koivu. "So I don't see why we can't go in there and do the same thing to them that they did to us". "There's only three more games left, '" Boudreau said.
The Wild finally tied the score at 12:59 of the second period.
"Let's face it: Both games could've gone either way", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. And, as in the previous two games, the Blues scored first on a Colton Parayko wrist shot from the top of the circle, leaving the Wild to chase the lead once again. "I think you've got to come back to work and play a similar game. I thought we played a good game".
The blueprint used to steal games 1 and 2 on the road isn't complicated. Allen still made 40 saves to carry the Blues to another win, with goals at a premium on the playoff stage. "We're just not putting them in when we're getting the opportunity, and obviously they're scoring at the right time".
"I think we kind of expect that type of series, for them to wait and be patient and wait for a turnover, wait for something to get their chance and then try to lock it down", said Parise. He was drilled into the boards during Friday night's game. Charlie Coyle and Scottie Upshall were sent to the penalty box for dual roughing penalties, triggering the 4-on-4 and increasing the Wild's night-long frustration with the officiating crew.
NOTES: The Blues did not make any changes to their lineup, meaning C Jori Lehtera was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. The rookie played in 39 regular-season games, scoring four goals. I think a ideal example would have been where (Jason) Zucker came out of the penalty box two games ago and over-skated it, then passed it to (Eric) Staal, and Staal panicked and threw it across.