Blues' Stastny skates for the first time since March 21

Posted April 20, 2017

Now they are chanting his name.

After scoring the deciding goal in Game 4, Koivu willed the Wild to victory in Game 5 at Dallas, scoring the tying goal with 3:09 remaining and bagging the overtime victor to haul the series back to St. Paul. In Game 1 of the playoffs, Minnesota pulled its goalie again, and the Wild scored again. They need some semblance of belief that they can indeed put pucks past St. Louis goalie Jake Allen (more on him in a bit). The Blues finished fifth in the West in the regular season and would have played the Edmonton Oilers under the old format.

The St. Louis Blues have been forced to play their first three games of the 2017 postseason without center Paul Stastny in the lineup, as he's sat out for the entirety of the playoffs so far with a lower body injury. The Blues won 3-1. Minnesota has managed only three goals in three losses to start what was supposed to be a deep playoff run. Allen was so bad that he was left home from a January road trip so he could mentally regroup. Mike Yeo replaced Hitchcock and Martin Brodeur took over Corsi's role. Allen is posting an incredible.974 save percentage.

Blues forward David Perron said Allen never got rattled during his struggles. "Just trying to find ways to break up the day, and I think as they did, a 12:30 skate is about as good as we're going to get to break up the day and try to make it as normal as we can".

"Preparation is all you can do right now, either a coach or a player", Koivu said.

"One of the biggest areas is how he handles the days in between, what he can draw upon from his own experience as arguably the best goaltender of all time", Yeo said.

Instead, they played exactly like you'd picture a team would need to play to fight off a sweep: aggressive while shaking off setbacks. "At the same time, we've got a team on the ropes and we've got to make sure we take advantage of that and expect their best game".

Nothing has come easy for Allen since the Blues drafted him in the second round of the 2008 National Hockey League entry draft.

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St. Louis still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 heading into Game 5 at Minnesota on Saturday. Given how the teams have played, the Blues could be down 3-0 but the idea or notion that the Blues SHOULD be down 3-0 is silly and is likely either based on fandom or too simplistic of a view of advanced statistics.

That decision is finally paying dividends.

"He's obviously playing extremely well and he's sharp".

Dubnyk said the Wild need to keep the same sense of urgency for Game 5.

The Blues' philosophy is if you've got a chance to get the puck out of the zone, get the puck out of the zone and worry about icing later.

Even with a commanding lead in the series, Allen isn't taking anything for granted.

"We'll certainly take it, a fumble on his part", Coyle said.