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Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first goal of the 2017 playoffs in the Blues' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 on Saturday.

With a goal and three points in five playoff games, Tarasenko's offensive contributions have been somewhat lackluster when measured against the extremely high bar set for him. The Blues won the series regardless though and will be looking for him to be a major contributor in round two against Nashville. Tarasenko will certainly have his work cut out for him as the Blues will be facing a red hot goaltender in Pekka Rinne.
Apr 23 - 10:50 AM

Vladimir Sobotka recorded an assist in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 on Saturday.

Sobotka finished the first round series with a goal and three points in five games. He played for the Blues on April 9 for the first time in roughly three years because he was with the KHL's Omsk Avangard. He had nine goals and 30 points in 41 KHL contests this season.
Apr 23 - 10:47 AM

Paul Stastny found the back of the net in his return from a lower-body injury.

Stastny missed the Blues' first four playoff games, but he returned on Saturday to help the Blues eliminate Minnesota with a 4-3 overtime victory. Stastny logged 22:42 minutes of ice time in his return.
Apr 23 - 10:44 AM

Alexander Steen found the back of the net in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota on Saturday.

Steen had two goals and four points in the Blues' five-game first round series. His contributions were made all the more impressive by the fact that he was dealing with a foot injury that recently caused him to miss some practice time, but hasn't resulted in him missing a postseason contest.
Apr 23 - 10:42 AM

Jaden Schwartz recorded two assists in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 on Saturday.

Schwartz was a major contributor in St. Louis' first round series with two goals and five points in five games. He now has eight goals and 26 points in 43 career playoff contests. The Blues will naturally be looking for Schwartz to have another big series in the second round against Nashville.
Apr 23 - 10:40 AM

Jori Lehtera registered two assists in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 on Saturday.

Lehtera was only used in two of five games in the first round series. Although he did get two points on Saturday, he also had two minor penalties and was limited to 12:29 minutes of ice time.
Apr 23 - 10:37 AM

Jake Allen turned aside 34 of 37 shots in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild.

The Blues built up 2-0 and 3-1 leads in this one, but they allowed the Wild to claw back to force overtime. Thankfully for the Blues, they got the job done in overtime thanks to a goal by forward Magnus Paajarvi. Allen finishes the first round with a 4-1 record, a sparkling 1.47 goals-against-average and a .956 save percentage. The Blues will take on the Nashville Predators in the second round. The goalie matchup should be intriguing to say the least, as both Allen and Pekka Rinne were outstanding in their opening-round victories.
Apr 22 - 8:23 PM

Magnus Paajarvi scored the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 4-3 OT win over the Minnesota Wild.

He found the back of the net at the 9:42 mark of the extra frame. Not only did Paajarvi’s goal allow the Blues to win the game, it also allowed them to finish off their series against Minnesota in five games. Paajarvi finishes the first round with a goal and an assist in five contests. Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny also found the back of the net for St. Louis. The Blues will take on the Nashville Predators in the second round.
Apr 22 - 8:21 PM

Paul Stastny (lower body) will play in Game 5 against Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.

Stastny's been out of the lineup since Mar. 23. His return definitely gives his team a boost. He'll play on a line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko. Stastny finished the regular season with 18 goals and 40 points in 66 games this season. A Blues win would allow them to move into the second round.
Apr 22 - 3:05 PM

Ivan Barbashev and Zach Sanford will both be healthy scratches in Saturday's game against Minnesota.

Paul Stastny will be making his return from a lower-body injury (he hasn't played since Mar. 23). Jori Lehtera, who has been a healthy scratch in each of the last three games, will also play. Dmitrij Jaskin and Luke Opilka will also watch from the press box.
Apr 22 - 2:54 PM

Jake Allen will get the start in Saturday afternoon's game against Minnesota.

A win in Game 5 would eliminate the Wild from the postseason. Allen has a 3-1 record with a 1.17 goals-against-average and a .966 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 22 - 2:50 PM

Paul Stastny is on the ice for the pre-game warmup.

Stastny has been out since Mar. 23 with a lower-body injury, but it looks like he's going to suit up in Game 5 this afternoon. Stastny had 18 goals and 40 points in 66 games this season. A win would allow the Blues to move on to the second round of the playoffs.
Apr 22 - 2:47 PM

The St. Louis Blues have recalled Jordan Schmaltz from the AHL.

Schmaltz played nine games with the Blues this season, and he managed to accumulate two assists. He won't contribute much offensively if he gets back into the lineup this postseason.
Apr 22 - 2:28 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko will be looking for his first goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 on Saturday.

The Blues have found a way to grab a 3-1 series lead despite the fact that they've only scored seven goals in the series. It's impressive to think how good they'd be if they actually got production from their top goal scorer. The Russian winger 16 shots on goal and two assists in four playoff games. "There’s no question, we need our best players to play their best," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "That’s not just in the playoffs, that’s any time. It’s certainly magnified right now. What we need from Vlady, from all our top players, is make sure we understand if we’re going to play well, if we’re going to beat these guys, then we have to be great defensively."
Apr 22 - 10:27 AM

Paul Stastny (lower body) took part in Friday's practice.

Stastny was skating alongside Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko. That's his normal linemates, so it's an encouraging sign that he was practicing with them. That being said, Blues coach Mike Yeo denied to confirm that Stastny would play in Game 5 on Saturday.
Apr 21 - 2:29 PM


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