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Game Notes: Game 2 at Wild

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

After an unforgettable goaltending performance from Jake Allen in Game 1, the Blues have taken a 1-0 series lead for the fourth time in their last six playoffs series. Winning Game 1 has been largely beneficial in NHL history as teams that do so have gone 447-204 all-time. The Blues have now won five of their last seven road postseason games overall and eight of their last 13 after a stretch from May 3, 2012 to April 20, 2015 during which they lost nine straight.

What to Watch

The Blues' penalty kill has been perfect in road postseason games recently. The Blues have dispatched all 25 power-play attempts they have faced over their last eight road playoff games. During the regular season, Jake Allen ranked fourth overall in power-play save percentage (.900) while the Blues went 33-9-5 when keeping the opposition's power play off the scoresheet.

Quick Hits
  • Jake Allen's 51 saves in Game 1 were the most in a single overtime game in Blues history (reg. + postseason)
  • St. Louis is 21-14 all-time in a series in which they gain a 1-0 series lead
  • Joel Edmundson's Game 1 OT goal was just the fifth OT playoff goal from a Blues defenseman in team history
  • Alexander Steen recorded his 15th career postseason assist in Game 1 and now has a helper in three of his last four postseason appearances
Blues Career Playoff Leaders (current Blues)

Vladimir Tarasenko, 19
Paul Stastny, 12
Patrik Berglund, 10
Alexander Steen, 10

Paul Stastny, 20
Alex Pietrangelo, 18
Jaden Schwartz, 16

Paul Stastny, 32
Vladimir Tarasenko, 26
Alexander Steen, 25

Blues Playoff Streaking

Longest Active Playoff Streaks, NHL
11: Pittsburgh Penguins (since 2006-07)
9: Chicago Blackhawks (since 2008-09)
7: New York Rangers (since 2010-11)
6: St. Louis Blues (since 2011-12)

50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1981, Mike Crombeen scored at 25:16 of overtime to give the Blues a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh in the fifth (and final) game of their first round playoff series

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