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Game Notes: Game 4 vs. Wild

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues have taken a 3-0 series lead for the eighth time in franchise history. In the previous seven, the Blues swept five of them, while they won the other two in five games. In NHL history, teams that hold a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win 178 of 182 times. St. Louis has never trailed in this series, while they've carried a lead for just over 50 percent of the total playing time (103:51 minutes with lead). Including the regular season, the Blues have won four in a row and eight of their last 10 games overall against the Wild. Should they complete the sweep on Wednesday, it would be just the second time in team history the Blues sweep a series without trailing at any point. The only previous instance was in the 1969 Quarterfinals against Philadelphia.

What to Watch

Jake Allen continues to dominate the series. He has stopped 114 of 117 Wild shots on goal and become the first goaltender in Blues history to win the first three games of a playoff series while allowing a goal or less in each game (Elias). Jaden Schwartz has been impressive for the Blues up front. He shares the team lead with a pair of goals this postseason, while he assisted on Joel Edmundson's Game 1 OT goal and added his own game-winners in Games 2 and 3.

Video: Top storylines for Game 4 between the Blues and Wild

Quick Hits
  • The Blues have won seven of their last nine home games overall, including four straight against the Wild (reg. + postseason)
  • Patrik Berglund's two-assist effort in Game 3 was just his second career multi-point playoff game
  • Jake Allen has allowed 2 or fewer goals in 14 of his 18 starts since the beginning of March
  • The Blues have scored first and won each of their last six games (reg. + postseason)
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 2002, Blues Assistant GM Martin Brodeur became just the second goaltender in NHL history to make 100 consecutive playoff starts for one club, when he played for the New Jersey Devils in a 2-1 loss at Carolina, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

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