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Monday Report: Boudreau Stresses Game 7 Attitude From Here on Out

Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 16:31

This was his ninth time in the playoffs in nine full seasons.

Jori Lehtera will be viewing today's game three from the press box, because the Blues' new youth movement has something that he doesn't: speed and mobility. "Win Wednesday and we'll be happy for a day and we'll see what happens on Friday".

In Friday's game 2, the Wild had the statistical advantage in most categories.

So with the Blues and Wild entering a stretch with just one game in the next five days, both teams grabbed the chance for an off day on Monday.

With Montreal leading 1-0, the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello was whistled for a double-minor for high-sticking 4:07 into the third.

The puck fluttered into the corner, the golden opportunity had vanished, and the scoreless game continued. "They're going to come at us the same way tomorrow".

Allen has been the star of the first three games. Because of the break in the schedule before game four, the Wild returned to Minnesota after the game.

Once they have taken the lead, the team leans heavily upon goaltender Jake Allen to salt away the game. The Blues have won both games by scores of 2-1 and the major offensive players on both sides have been mostly silent. They pushed really hard and put us on our heels a bit and we grinded and we got it done. Yeah, they were swarming all over the ice, they had us hemmed in there, but we chipped pucks out, we made simple plays.

"Overall I thought it was a much better consistent effort tonight than it was in Game 1", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I don't think they would change the way they were playing if it was the first period, but if we had a one-goal lead in the third period, it might make a little bit of a difference".

Who was the coach of that team? While staring a 3-0 deficit in the face seems daunting, approaching Game 4 from a shift-by-shift, period-by-period challenge is the way he wants his team to play. But when you are only giving up two goals in each game played, it's hard to fault the goaltender for the team's struggles. "If we attack the net and get there into those dirty areas, we're going to get a couple bounces and get some more goals for sure". "But it's an wonderful thing, this momentum thing".

The frustrating thing about this is that the players mentioned above haven't played bad in the series. Minnesota scored a 5-on-3 goal in Game 2, but has so far gone 0-for-9 in 5-on-4 situations.

"It's up to us", winger Chris Stewart said, "to dig ourselves out of it". "You know, we've created offense, and we've just got to keep doing that".

Radulov, who got the overtime victor in Game 2 on Friday night after Tomas Plekanec tied it with 18 seconds left in regulation, has two goals and three assists in the past two games. "We're going to need him the rest of the way".

"Well, it is possible", Boudreau rationalized. I think it's two pretty evenly-based teams.

"It's a good start for us, but the job's not over yet", Schwartz told reporters.

That is after the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets stuck out on Easter Sunday for all the wrong reasons.

They know they have put themselves in a very good position by winning those two games on the road.

"I just think about it 24/7", he said. "Their goalie has been seeing the puck well, and one thing they do well is they have five guys around the paint so it makes it tough for us to get on the inside". "We're going to go at them and just try to win one game, and then worry about the next game - if that game comes to fruition".