Another lackluster start that was void of any energy on the part of the Blues. Wild score their first goal on a short handed breakaway. That's right. A short handed breakaway. The remainder of first period is miserable. Second period starts and the Wild score again on a really soft goal. Allen is pulled and Elliott takes over between the pipes. Blues start playing a better game of hockey and after a handful of chances Oshie finally manages to score a goal with just 1.8 seconds left in the period. You would think the Blues would come out flying in the third after that boost from Oshie's goal. But you would be wrong. The Wild score on a rebound after a scramble in front of the net. Score now 3-1 the Blues maintain some solid pressure on the Wild during the second half of the third. But no pucks could make their way through to Dubnyk. The Blues even managed to force the Wild to burn their timeout after the Wild had no chance to line change and then iced the puck. Which, after the Oshie goal, probably one of the highlights of the game. Needless to say, the Blues were unable to solve Dubnyk and lost the game 4-1 after an empty net goal.
1st place in Central Division
2nd place in Western Conference (tied with Anaheim with the Ducks having the tie-breaking ROW)
THIRD STRAIGHT FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF EXIT
See you all in October.