The Blues were less than a minute from winning in regulation, but Wild left winger Zach Parise's goal with 22.7 seconds left forged a tie after Minnesota's first 43 shots were turned aside by Allen.
We know from firsthand experience that this brand of hockey is not sustainable for a deep playoff run, but the Wild under Yeo did get past the first round a couple times, including beating St. Louis.
While steadfastly refusing to reveal his team's lineup prior to game day, per normal practice, St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo joked that goalie Jake Allen might get the start for his team in Game 2 of Friday's first-round playoff series at the Minnesota Wild.
He made 51 saves in Game 1 to allow his St. Louis Blues a chance to win it in overtime, and they did.
The Wild dominated play for a majority of the 77 minutes, 48 seconds the game lasted.
With St. Louis up 1-0 and Dubnyk on the bench, Wild captain Mikko Koivu got the puck to Parise at the right of the net. Jake Allen was forced to make save after save, and it didn't seem like St. Louis was at all concerned about moving the puck up ice towards Devan Dubnyk's crease.
"I'm just thinking of too many words in my head to describe him right now", an overwhelmed Colton Parayko said. "I saw the puck squirting free and I tried to jump and poke it and I think my shaft hit the post and propelled the puck out of the net".
"It's disappointing. We played well both games. I remember coming in here in the playoffs and this is an intimidating building and I've seen it in the regular season, I'm excited for tomorrow". Both goaltenders played well throughout the period and overall team defense was solid for both the Blues and the Wild.
Sure, they need to battle through the Blues' unapologetic dragnet to pounce on Allen's generous rebounds and finish around the net. "One thing we did on the road, obviously we're very respectful of what they have over there, but we didn't try to hide anybody, we didn't try to protect anybody and I think with that came a little momentum and I think everybody was on top of their game". This was key to his progression as a hybrid netminder in the final months of the regular season in regards to his positioning and awareness of on-ice trends within the game.
Though it's still early in the series, this is a pivotal game for Bruce Boudreau and the Wild. Clog the middle of the ice. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 39 goals, Patrik Berglund has 11 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 179 shots on goal.
That essentially makes Game 2 Friday at Xcel Energy Center a must-win, although the Wild won't flat-out say it.
"They are sitting five guys when we are in the zone, right inside the hashmarks and blocking shots", Parise said.
"Honestly, from a defensive standpoint, we did a pretty good job".
The Blues took a 2-0 lead in the series after picking up another 2-1 win in Game 2.
Jason Zucker had a breakaway in the first period after exiting the box for his slashing penalty, but his errant pass to a streaking Eric Staal was fumbled along with a scoring chance as good as any of the dozens they generated in Game 1 while outshooting the Blues an overwhelming 52-26. "Let's just win one game.' And take it from there". "You need to take the knife and jam it through their eye into their brain and kill them". "I don't see why we can't go in there and do the same thing to them that they did to us. We're focused on the next one".