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Wild looking to win two road games, like Blues did

Minnesota must win Game 3 or 4 in St. Louis to come back home

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild started a Western Conference first-round playoff series at home for the first time in nine years, but it's been anything but an advantage.

The Wild trail the St. Louis Blues 2-0 in this best-of-7 after consecutive 2-1 losses in Games 1 and 2 at Xcel Energy Center.

Now Minnesota must visit Scottrade Center for Game 3 on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).


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"Whenever you lose at home it [stinks]," Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said. "Just disappointing and we have to be better."

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said despite the outcomes, he's not disappointed in their performance.

"Both games were 2-1. If they were 6-0 or something, I'd say it's going to be a tough task [to dig out]," Boudreau said. "Not that it's not going to be a tough task, but let's face it, both games could've gone either way. So I don't see why we can't go in there and do the same thing to them that they did to us. …

"You win one game and it's amazing what that can do. We just have to go in and look at Sunday and say, 'OK. Let's just win one game.' And take it from there."

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has allowed four goals on 44 shots, but Blues goalie Jake Allen has allowed two on 76.

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"Both games are a one-shot difference," Dubnyk said. "We just can't seem to get a break at the other end, but we know that we are more than capable of creating goals and … we've created offense and we've just got to keep doing that.

"I think the danger is to start changing what you're doing. We just need to get the next one. That's got to be our focus right now. We've been a good road team all year (22-13-6), so we're just going to try to keep playing our game and I think we'll get some momentum here."

Game 4 is Wednesday at St. Louis.

"At the end of the day, there's no time for moral victories this time of the year," Minnesota forward Chris Stewart said. "We're down two, we [dug] ourselves our hole, and it's up to us to dig ourselves out of it."

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