“Duuuuuuuubs!” What a game from the Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk. A 28 save shutout, and a complete dominate performance. Wild fans can finally exhale. They got one! The Wild survived Game Four and have avoided a sweep.
Here come the clichés. The message for the Wild is; take it one shift at a time, one period at a time, and one game at a time. Those are usually the words said when a team is down in a series. With last night’s win over the St. Louis Blues, the Wild have lived to see another day.
Mid-way through the first period, Blues goalie Jake Allen came out to play the puck and gave it away. It landed on the stick of Charlie Coyle, who threw it on an empty net and scored. His second goal in two games. Most importantly, it gave the Wild a 1-0 lead and the first series lead for the Wild. A dominating first period lead carried the momentum into the second. The Wild looked like they had something that fans have not seen the entire series: Confidence.
It looked like there was more character in the Wild’s game. Minnesota continued to push the puck. Martin Hanzal, who played a great game, scored on a slick wrist shot that beat Allen in the second to give the Wild a 2-0 lead. The fourth line of Hanzal, Jason Pomiville and Jason Zucker was buzzing. Creating chance after chance, the Wild could have scored six goals if they knew how to finish.
The Wild locked it up in the end and escaped St. Louis with a 2-0 win. Minnesota is headed back to the Xcel Energy Center for game five.
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