The St. Louis Blues’ decision to give Jake Allen a chance as their starting goaltender was validated as they defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-1, to even the series.
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The Blues will have to play their next two games in Minnesota, but they were able to save themselves from falling into a deep hole.
Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko got the puck rolling for his team with two goals in the first period, including a power-play goal late in the period.
After the Blues took a 2-0 lead, the Wild held strong in the second period before trimming the Blues’ lead to one in the third period with a goal by defenseman Marco Scandella.
After that, the third period stayed quiet until Blues center Patrik Berglund scored a clutch goal with just under two minutes left to effectively seal the game.
Tarasenko decided to go out in style by putting the final nail in the Wild’s coffin with his third goal.
Like Tarasenko, Allen shined for his team with 24 saves on 25 shot attempts for a 96.0 save percentage while Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves on 26 shots against him.