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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Blues/Wild Game 5 Preview

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Blues/Wild Game 5 Preview

Minnesota at St. Louis, series tied 2-2, Game 5, 8:30 p.m. FSMW KEEP PUSHING: A 3-0 loss in Game 3 was apparently the Blues’ second wakeup call. The Central Division champions also struggled in the series opener, a 4-2 loss at home, then recovered for a 4-1 victory in Game 2. Vladimir Tarasenko had the franchise’s […]

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Minnesota at St. Louis, series tied 2-2, Game 5, 8:30 p.m. FSMW

KEEP PUSHING: A 3-0 loss in Game 3 was apparently the Blues’ second wakeup call. The Central Division champions also struggled in the series opener, a 4-2 loss at home, then recovered for a 4-1 victory in Game 2.

Vladimir Tarasenko had the franchise’s first playoff hat trick in 11 years in Game 2 after getting no shots in Game 1. He was scoreless in Game 3 and had two goals in Game 4.

Twice, Minnesota appeared to have the upper hand. Now, the Blues aim to keep it.

“We have to have the same urgency and remember that feeling when you’re down 2-1 in the series, how desperate we were,” Blues captain David Backes said. “If we don’t bring that desperation, that urgency for 60 minutes, they’re a great team and they’ll take advantage of us.”

Blues rookie goalie Jake Allen has been a constant, allowing two or fewer goals in 12 consecutive games. He is the franchise’s first rookie goalie to win a road playoff game since Curtis Joseph on April 8, 1990, at Toronto.

DUBNYK DILEMMA: The Wild took off after acquiring goalie Devan Dubnyk in mid-January and the 28-year-old former Arizona backup started 39 of the last 40 regular-season games. He’s coming off by far the worst showing since joining Minnesota, getting yanked in the second period after allowing six goals.

“I think he’ll react great,” coach Mike Yeo said. “I’m very, very confident in that, knowing his personality, just knowing what he’s been through No. 1 to get this opportunity and how we got our team here.”

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By Associated Press

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