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Nino Niederreiter sealed Minnesota's Game Three 3-0 victory with an empty-netter.

Niederreiter had a great game, recording two shots, three takeaways, and four hits during his 14:16 of work which included 1:52 on the power play. It was his first tally of the playoffs, and the fourth of his career in 16 games.
Apr 20 - 11:40 PM

Mikael Granlund recorded two assists in Monday's Game Three 3-0 victory over St. Louis.

Don't look now, but Granlund now has two assists and three points through three games this post season. He also recorded a takeaway, two blocks, and four hits during his 17:26 of ice time.
Apr 20 - 11:38 PM

Jason Pominville scored a goal and an assist during Monday's 3-0 Game Three win over St. Louis.

Pominville found himself all alone beside an empty net for perhaps the easiest goal of his career, and recorded the primary assist just 2:05 later on Zach Parise's goal to put the Wild up by two. Pominville also led the team with five shots, had three hits, two takeaways, and a block to boot. He now leads the team with two goals and shares the team lead in points with Parise with four.
Apr 20 - 11:34 PM

Zach Parise led his Wild past the Blues in Game Three on Monday with a goal and an assist. Minnesota now leads the series 2-1.

Parise showed why he earns the big bucks as the key cog to Minnesota's two goals in a 2:05 span late in the second period. He managed to find Jason Pominville for the tap-in after Jake Allen pull himself out of position, and later potted a goal of his own with a laser of a wrister. He contributed a hit, takeaway, and two blocks as well. Parise leads the team with three assists thus far, and is tied with Pominville for the team lead in points with four.
Apr 20 - 11:30 PM

Devan Dubnyk blanked the St. Louis Blues on Monday night 3-0 on 17 shots, giving Minnesota a 2-1 series lead.

Dubnyk saw four, six, and seven shots in each period respectively without a penalty kill. Which just goes to show the sheer dominance the Wild had over the Blues in Game Three. Dubnyk has now turned away 59 of 64 shots in the series, and the shutout is his first career in the postseason.
Apr 20 - 11:20 PM

Ryan Carter, Erik Haula, and Nate Prosser will be watching from the press box Monday night against the Blues in Game 3.

This trio has yet to crack the Wild lineup for their previous two playoff games and we don’t expect them to get back out there anytime soon. Matt Cooke, and Jordan Schroeder, and Christian Folin are also healthy scratches Monday night while Sean Bergenheim and Justin Fontaine tag in for Game 3.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 20 - 6:28 PM

Forwards Matt Cooke and Jordan Schroeder will be removed from the lineup for Game 3 Monday night versus the Blues.

Head Coach Mike Yeo will go with the same lineup that led the Wild to a 4-1 win in Game 1, which means Justin Fontaine and Sean Bergenheim will play Monday night instead of Cooke and Schroeder. Fontaine missed Game 2 because he was dealing with an illness but is OK to dress for Game 3. Cooke is a veteran gritty forward who has participated in 104 playoff games. Schroeder’s only playoff experience was Game 2 against the Blues Saturday night, where he was a minus one in just 8:50 minutes of playing time.
Apr 20 - 5:13 PM

Devan Dubnyk will be back in the net for Game 3 Monday night against the St. Louis Blues.

The Wild netminder currently has a 2.54 goals-against-average and .894 save percentage in the best of seven series against the Blues. The probable Vezina-trophy candidate turned in one of the better years from a goalie this season, but has not fared particularly well against the Blues in his career, posting a 2-8-0 record with a 4.10 GAA and .866 save percentage in 10 appearances.
Apr 20 - 5:13 PM

Sean Bergenheim is expected to get back in the lineup on Monday.

He was a surprise scratch Saturday as the Wild dressed Matt Cooke and Jordan Schroeder. Bergenheim is projected to join Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine, who missed Game 2 with a stomach bug, on the fourth line. Their returns will put Cooke and Schroeder in the press box.

Justin Fontaine (illness) expects to play in Game 3 of his team's best-of-seven series against St. Louis.

Fontaine had a stomach virus and couldn't play in game two. He said he had no energy and therefore wasn't able to play, but all indications are that he will suit up on Monday. The 27-year-old had nine goals and 31 points in 71 games this season.
Apr 19 - 1:27 PM

Devan Dubnyk knows that his team has played well in games one and two, but he thinks they can still find another level.

"We’re fine in here," Dubnyk said. "It would have been nice to go back 2-0, but we’re comfortable with how we’re playing. We know we’ve got another level as well. We’ll go back home and feel good about ourselves." The series now shifts to Minnesota. Game three will go Monday night.
Apr 19 - 10:33 AM

Charlie Coyle believes the Wild are still in a good spot even after dropping game two on Saturday night.

The Wild took it to the Blues in game one, but St. Louis was able to respond with a big win on home ice. The series has been physical and Coyle liked the way his team responded in that department. "They came out physical, and we matched it if not better," Coyle said. "We’re in a good position. It’s a tied series right now, going back home [Monday]. We’ll take that."
Apr 19 - 10:30 AM

Marco Scandella was the only member of the Minnesota Wild to score a goal in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 2.

Scandella managed 11 goals and 23 points in 64 games during the regular season, so perhaps his shooting knack/puck luck is carrying over into the postseason.
Apr 18 - 6:10 PM

Devan Dubnyk lost for the first time in his postseason career as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 in Game 2.

Dubnyk gave up three goals on 26 shots, as one of the Blues' tallies was an empty-netter. The young netminder had some rough moments, but he's carried Minnesota so far that it's tough to imagine his starting job being in much danger.
Apr 18 - 6:09 PM

The Minnesota Wild will be without Justin Fontaine in Game 2 against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

He's missing action because of some sort of illness. Fontaine had an assist in Game 1 and has had some nice moments lately, including a two-game assist streak that stretches back to his final appearance of the regular season.
Apr 18 - 2:45 PM


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