ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov had a aim and an help, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 pictures, and the Minnesota Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Friday evening to take a 2-1 lead of their Western Convention playoff collection.
Joel Erickson Ek had a aim and an help, and Jordan Greenway, Mats Zuccarello and Jonas Brodin additionally scored because the Wild improved to 8-8 all-time in Recreation 3s.
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Fleury, enjoying in a sixteenth consecutive Stanley Cup playoffs, earned his 92nd profession playoff win.
Ryan O’Reilly scored an influence play aim and Ville Husso made 28 saves for the Blues.
St. Louis misplaced Torey Krug to a decrease physique damage early within the first interval. Krug is the third Blues defensemen to get harm within the collection.
Recreation 4 of the best-of-seven collection is Sunday afternoon in St. Louis earlier than shifting again to St. Paul, Minnesota, for Recreation 5.
The Wild wasted no time quieting the group by benefiting from the Blues’ aggressiveness for 2 early objectives.
St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko was caught chipping within the offensive zone making a 2-on-1 break leading to Greenway’s aim 39 seconds in.
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Lower than two minutes later, Ryan Hartman sprung Kaprizov on a breakaway. Husso made the preliminary save, steering the rebound to the nook, however Kaprizov banked the rebound off Husso’s skate from behind the online to offer the Wild a 2-0 lead.
Zucarello’s sixteenth profession playoff aim gave the Wild a 3-0 lead within the second interval and Erickson Ek scored his third aim of the collection 22 seconds into the third interval. Marcus Foligno picked up his second help of the sport on Erickson Ek’s tally.
The Blues received some momentum going after O’Reilly’s aim at 2:17 of the third, however Fleury made a number of powerful saves to maintain the rally from gaining extra traction.
Brodin’s aim with 7:29 left prompted a good portion of the sellout crowd to go for the exits.
Blues D Nick Leddy and D Robert Bortuzzo and had been each scratched after sustaining higher physique accidents in Recreation 1 and Recreation 2, respectively. On Thursday, the Blues recalled D Steven Santini from Springfield, the staff’s AHL affiliate. Santini was a scratch after Marco Scandella, who had missed the final three video games to a decrease physique damage, was given the inexperienced mild to play.
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