Forwards - Jaden Schwartz/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Vladimir Sobotka/Jori Lehtera/Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen - Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson/Robert Bortuzzo
Goaltender - Jake Allen
After failing to sweep the Wild, the Blues returned to Minnesota for game 5. Thanks to Vladimir Tarasenko, the Blues got on the board first in the first period. Tarasenko skated toward the net. The puck bounced off a Wild player, back to Tarasenko and he puts it in the back of the net for his first goal of the playoffs.
The Blues score their second goal of the period just moments later. Colton Parayko dances around a Wild player and finds a wide open Alexander Steen. Steen wrists the puck over Devin Dubnyk for the goal.
The Wild get one back at the end of the first period. After a questionable decision by Scottie Upshall, the Wild were on the powerplay. Ryan Suter unloads on a shot that finds its way past Jake Allen.
The second period didn't see any goals, but you could see that the Blues went into the "we're playing not to lose" mode. The Blues padded their lead to 3-1 in the third period. A returning Paul Stastny somehow snuck this puck between Dubnyk and the goal post. Also have to give some credit to Jori Lehtera for finding Stastny after joining the play from the penalty box.
The it looked as if the Wild pulled within a goal just moments later. Not so much though, as the refs ruled goal tender interference. Nino Niederreiter was next to Jake Allen when Lehtera pushed Nino from behind into Allen. It was ruled a no goal on the ice. Not sure if that was the reason it wasn't overturned, but it seemed the Blues caught a break.
It was a good thing that that goal didn't count because the Wild scored on another powerplay opportunity. Mikko Koivu scored on a rebound chance that pulled the Wild to within one at 3-2.
The Blues continued to sit back and let the Wild come at them. It worked...until it didn't. Five minutes to go and Jason Zucker waltzed right in and scored. Shocker.
This one headed to overtime tied at 3. At least the Blues got the participation point...wait what? The Blues won it in overtime. Vladimir Sobotka and Magnus Paajarvi combine to win the series for the Blues. (Did I really just type that?)Also, the internet has not provided a titanic theme ender video yet. Just saying.
The Blues take the series 4-1 and will take a few days off before they play Nashville. Game one will be here in St. Louis. A schedule has not been set yet.
From The Twitter Machine:
Bruce Boudreau on the Blues: "They weren't the better team, but they won four games."— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) April 22, 2017
Here's the game winner from the radio....
Yeost Game -
Player of the Game:
The classy fans of Minnesota paying respects to Allen during the game.