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Wild not looking to change game, goalie in Game 3

Have full confidence in Devan Dubnyk trailing Blues 2-0

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

The Minnesota Wild don't plan to change their game or their goalie for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

Minnesota trails the best-of-7 series 2-0 after losing Games 1 and 2, each 2-1, at home.


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The Wild recalled goaltender Alex Stalock from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Saturday, but coach Bruce Boudreau said Stalock will not replace Devan Dubnyk, who allowed four goals on 48 shots in the first two games.

"He's only given up two goals a game, or four goals in seven periods," Boudreau said. "Our confidence is we believe in him and we expect him to be great [Sunday]."

Stalock went 1-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA and a .944 save percentage in two late-season starts with the Wild. The 29-year-old, who was 23-17-8 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in the AHL this season, replaced goaltender Steve Michalek, who was reassigned to Iowa. Darcy Kuemper is likely to back up Dubnyk on Sunday.

"I think again it's about believing in what we're doing and not changing it," Dubnyk said. "We've got to bump it up by 5 or 10 percent and we'll be there. That's the challenge of the [Stanley Cup Playoffs], is we're one bounce away from it being the other way. It's important how you react and it's important that those guys have your back and understand that they come back by winning the next game."

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The Wild trailed the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 in the first round in 2014 and came back to win the series in seven games.

"You've got to look small picture right now and outside of just trying to do things better, correct a few things here and there," Minnesota forward Zach Parise said. "You can't dwell. You can't think about Games 1 and 2 right now. Just worry about [Game] 3 and not worry about Game 4. Just Game 3 right now. And then go from there. It's a little disheartening what happened in the first two, but it's over."

Boudreau, who has trailed a NHL playoff series 2-0 three times in his coaching career, all resulting in a Game 7 loss, reiterated to the Wild that they aren't out it yet.

Video: STL@MIN, Gm2: Dubnyk stones Perron after odd bounce

"[I'm] just trying to explain to them that it's not as dire as they think," he said.

Wild forward Erik Haula took a maintenance day but is expected to play, Boudreau said. Minnesota activated defenseman Victor Bartley from injured reserve; he missed the entire regular season with a triceps injury.

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