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Allen steals Game 1 with 51-save performance

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. PAUL - Joel Edmundson scored in overtime, but it was Jake Allen who won the game.

Allen made 51 saves on Wednesday night - the fourth-most ever by a Blues goaltender in a playoff game - to help the Blues to a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 against Minnesota.

Only Curtis Joseph (61 saves and 57 saves) and Ed Staniowski (54 saves) have posted more.

"I don't know that I really can (describe it)," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said of Allen's 51-save effort. "I've had time to think about it, too. Phenomenal performance. That's about all I can say against a team that really challenges you, not only obviously the quality of scoring chances, but the pressure at the net. The way he controlled shots, situations, rebounds, the puck, it was obviously an impressive performance."

Asked to recall his favorite Allen save from Game 1, Edmundson said he couldn't.

"I can't count on that both hands to be honest," he said after the game. "He made about 20 remarkable saves."

Press PLAY to see a highlight reel of some of Allen's big moments from Game 1.

Video: STL@MIN, Gm1: Allen comes up big, stops 51 shots

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