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Recap - Blues Vs. Wild - Lehtera Runs Wild

Some guys named Steen and Tarasenko came back too.

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In what was the final game of the regular season, your St. Louis Blues played the Minnesota Wild. A game in which a few guys got some rest, goaltender Brian Elliott would get the start for the Blues. On the other side Devan Dubnyk would start (not finish) for the Wild. Line combinations were different to say the least. The lines would be: Steen-Lehtera-Tarasenko Schwartz-Stastny-Rattie Jaskin-Jokinen-Berglund Reaves-Goc-Porter. But hey, give the guys that deserve it some time off. This game really didn't mean all THAT much. (Yes, number one in West is nice, but being 100% healthy is nicer) On the defensive side for the blues the pairings were: Bouwmeester-Michalek Gunnarson-Butler and the awesome paring of Jackman-Bortuzzo. I say that because anytime Bortuzzo is in the lineup, it's awesome.

First Period:

Pass. I'm not kidding. Lots of passing. No shooting. The Blues had all of one GD shot on goal. One. While the Wild had seven. Yes, the Wild may have had seven shots on goal, they weren't anything of concern for Elliott who looked sharp when he had to in the first. The Blues and Wild are two of the top defensive teams in the league. This wasn't going to be a high scoring affair. It reflected that in the first.

Second Period:

Who gave the Blues smelling salts in between periods? The Blues would come alive in the second (Crazy right?). Dmitrij Jaskin would open up the scoring for the good guys here. After a great pass from Olli Jokinen.

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Surprise surprise, Chris Stewart did something stupid at the start of that play. I mean what was he doing diving for that? I'm all about effort, but that was just dumb to me. Oh well, 1-0 good guys. As the period went on, the Blues would continue to put the pressure on the Wild. It was definitely the opposite of what the first was for the Blues. Much more entertaining, and it looked like the Blues gave a little bit of a shit about being there. As if Tarasenko needed a confidence boost for the playoffs...

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Steen and Tarasenko made their mark today. None bigger than this play here. Tarasenko would bury one past Dubnyk for a 2-0 good guy lead. Not only that, but that would mark Tarasenko's 37th (!) of the year, and that was with him missing what time that he did. What an effort from the Russian this year. Fifty-one seconds later Marco Scandella would rain on the Blues parade just a little bit.

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Throw it at the net and maybe you'll hit something right? That looked to be the case here. It seemed as though Bortuzzo wanted to block that, but it may have been deflected over both him and Elliott for the goal. As much as that seemed like a momentum killer, or could have been, Jori Lehtera would add one here before the end of the period.

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Steen with another brilliant assist here, and made a statement that he was ready for the playoffs in my opinion. Granted yes, it was against a Wild team that looked less enthused at that point, but still. I'll take it. With that the Blues would head into the locker room up 3-1.

Third Period:

Apparently no one told Jori that this game really didn't matter.

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Although I'd like to thank the hockey gods for finally giving the Blues a bounce. I'm totally ok with that, but I want a few of those next week too. Please and thanks. Anyway, the Blues would go up 4-1 and seemingly have this game all but locked up. Dubnyk was pulled for Darcy Kemper. Elliott would look fine today. The Blues and their patchwork lines would go on to win 4-2. The Wild would score on a 6 on 4 powerplay late in the game.

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Whatever.

The Blues would finish the season on a high note (see what I did there) winning the last 5 of 6. They would finish with 109 points. That's 51 wins. Depending on the outcome of the Ducks/Coyotes game, will depend on the Blues first round matchup. It is guaranteed to not be Chicago (They're playing Nashville) and also no L.A. (They just flat out missed the playoffs all together.) It's looking good Blues fans, but it's not over yet.