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Round 1 | Wild vs. Blues

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5 Reasons: Why Wild were eliminated

Offensive struggles, playing from behind led to Minnesota being ousted from postseason

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild entered their Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues feeling good after setting team single-season records for wins (49) and points (106), finishing second in the Central Division.

But the Wild, second in the NHL in goals during the regular season, struggled to score against Blues goaltender Jake Allen and the smothering defensive game of St. Louis. The Blues completed a 4-1 series win on Saturday with a 4-3 overtime victory in Game 5.

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5 Reasons: Why Blues advanced

Jake Allen's goaltending, smothering defense helped St. Louis defeat Wild, move into second round of playoffs

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues were supposed to be in a transition period this season, experimenting with young players after losing key veterans following their trip to the Western Conference Final last season. They improved enough after Mike Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock as coach on Feb. 1 to finish third in the Central Division.

The Blues were underdogs against the Minnesota Wild, who at one point this season were first in the Western Conference. However, St. Louis rode stellar goaltending from Jake Allen, a solid defensive effort and timely scoring to defeat the Wild in five games and advance to the Western Conference Second Round in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2001-02.

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Mike Yeo gets no extra satisfaction eliminating Wild

Blues coach, fired by Minnesota in 2016, just happy to advance to second round

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo insisted before the start of the Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild that it wasn't about him.

After knocking his former team out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-3 overtime victory in Game 5, Yeo maintained the same stance.

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Wild admit early playoff ouster 'tough to handle'

Minnesota lasts five games against Blues after record-setting regular season

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild expected to be playing in June, or at least past the Western Conference First Round in April.

But the St. Louis Blues ended those plans with a 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, eliminating the Wild from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's tough to handle, really," Wild forward Zach Parise said. "None of us expected this. It's going to be a long offseason for sure. We tried to get our way back into the series, but when you're down 3-0 in the series, you're really asking a lot, not that we quit, we never quit, we tried, we played hard all the way till the end but, like I said, right now it's just a [disappointed] group of players."

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Blues eliminate Wild with Game 5 OT win

Magnus Paajarvi scores at 9:42 to put St. Louis into second round against Predators

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Magnus Paajarvi scored 9:42 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a series-ending 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

"Really happy to finish it tonight," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "[Minnesota's] a group that definitely ... I know it's tough they didn't get the win, but they gave us more than anything we could handle, and obviously Bruce [Boudreau (coach)] has done a great job, Chuck [Fletcher (general manager)] has done a great job and their team did a great job. They showed a lot of character."

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Eric Staal of Wild leaves Game 5 in second period

Forward out of hospital after falling headfirst into boards against Blues

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

Staal leaves after hitting boards

STL@MIN, Gm5: Staal leaves game after scary collision

R1, Gm5: Eric Staal clips Jake Allen's skate and slides hard into the boards, forcing him to leave the game in the 2nd period

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal was released from the hospital after being helped from the ice in the second period of Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Staal was heading toward the net to attempt a shot when he made contact with the right leg of St. Louis goalie Jake Allen and then slid headfirst into the boards.

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5 Keys: Blues at Wild, Game 5

St. Louis has chance to win series; Minnesota hoping for strong start at home

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES at WILD

3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports

St. Louis leads best-of-7 series 3-1

 

ST PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild avoided being swept by the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.

Game 4 was the first time in the series the Wild scored more than one goal.

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Paul Stastny could return for Blues in Game 5 against Wild

Center practices on first line, has not played in series because of foot injury

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny might play against the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

The Blues lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

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Wild focused on offensive pressure in Game 5 against Blues

Minnesota, which trails series 3-1, could get boost with return of Erik Haula

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Wild prepared for Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the St. Louis Blues focusing on offensive pressure down low during practice at Ridder Arena on Friday.

The Blues lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. Game 5 is at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

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Paul Stastny could play for Blues in Game 5

Center may return from foot injury to face Wild with St. Louis leading best-of-7 series 3-1

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny, who has a foot injury, could be available for Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

The Blues lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

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