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Jake Allen Had 51 (!!) Saves As The Blues Stole Game 1 In Minnesota Last Night

St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild - Game One

For those that don’t know I grew up in St. Louis. My old man split season tickets with a friend of his and I was the biggest Brett Hull/Adam Oates fan on earth. I cried when they traded Oates to Boston. My first game they played the Canadiens and I thought they were called the Glaydiens. Still think that’s a better name.

Point is, let’s fucking go Blues. Look at these stats from last night.

blues-wild-game-1-stats

Outshot 52-26? Outhit 35-18? There’s no doubt the Blues got outplayed last night but I’ll be damned if a hot goalie stealing road playoff games isn’t a recipe for postseason success.

Jake Allen was SURREAL in game one. 51 saves in just three and a half periods and they weren’t easy.

Not surprising after these unreal moves in warmups.

Electric. Allen was a literal brick wall until Parise finally broke through with just 22 seconds left.

Not much Jake could do there. Probably shouldn’t let them go tic-tac-toe in the last minute but mistakes happen. The Wild had a ton more chances in overtime but, as is tradition, when you can’t capitalize, can’t capitalize, can’t capitalize… it finds a way to bite you in the ass.

Very, VERY nice to take the first one on the road. Notes are going to need wayyyy more top-to-bottom (exception: Jake Allen) going forward but we’ll take it.

1-0 good guys. The Blues are now 5-1 in the month of April. They were 11-2-2 in March. I predicted Blues in 6 and I’m sticking with it. Stay hot fellas.

PS — Blues undefeated since I touched Lord Stanley for the first time.