Crosby had a goal and two assists, Guentzel scored the first National Hockey League playoff goal. and Sheary added a brilliant secondary assist as the Penguins rolled by the frustrated Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday in Game 2 of the first-round series.
Minnesota monopolized the puck, tilted the ice and produced a week's worth of quality scoring chances over four periods of electrifying play. "They're going to come at us the same way tomorrow. Looking forward to the challenge and it'll be fun".
Game 1: Wednesday, April 12, St. Louis at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota emerged with a 9-5 lead in shots, but the Blues again limited the Wild's access to the front of their net.
If you had told a Blues fan back in August that Vladimir Sobotka would score St. Louis' first goal of the 2017 playoffs, he or she might have bought it.
That being said, the Blues did what they had to do to win a playoff game in the other team's building. "Since the (Kevin) Shattenkirk trade, obviously his role increased. That's the thing, we can't just rely on Jake to have a performance like that night after night, but we're certainly encouraged that we got the win".
"I think we kind of expect that type of series, for them to wait and be patient and wait for a turnover, wait for something to get their chance and then try to lock it down", said Parise.
Game 2 was more physical, with the typically passive Wild initiating most of the contact.
"Yeah, done everything in terms of preparation to be ready to go and contribute", Bortuzzo said. "I think the danger is to start changing what you're doing". The 4th line needs to find better ways to contribute.More news: GOP health deal elusive as House to take Easter break
It worked in Game 1 and certainly could result in another victory or two. "Just let's get back at it, and let's go".
"Physicality, aggressiveness, being a little nasty". "We generated a lot of shots and chances, and didn't give up much. Bringing in a body like 'Bobbo, ' it's going to be great tonight". "Trust me, I know what happened", he said. But ultimately if the Wild controls play, as they did for much of Wednesday's game, there will be no need to panic and that opening-game loss will be considered to have been nothing more than a speed bump. Punch it out and we'll build from there. "I just had a wide-open net, and I guess the celly wasn't there". "We anticipate a long series".
That term is probably overused, but whatever we saw in Game 1 was not Blues hockey.
"Well, the way he celebrated it looked like he wasn't too surprised", Yeo said.
Parise made up for robbing his team of a goal when he inadvertently poked the puck out of the net after it slipped behind Blues goalie Jake Allen, who had stopped all 43 Wild shots prior to Parise's goal.
Yeo seems to determined to limit rookie defenseman Jordan Schmaltz's exposure to the Wild, only playing him in situations that best allow him to excel.
Colin Miller - Injuries continue to hit the Boston blueline, as Miller suffered a lower-body injury after a knee-on-knee hit from Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki.
Healthy scratches include Jordan Schroeder, Ryan White and Nate Prosser.