Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

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"We've had lots of success in that building, so hopefully we can have another good game this weekend and go from there". "[The games] have been that close and we've had our chances, and we've had some that just found a way to stay out of the net".

"If we don't believe, then why do we go?" But that's not the case.

To Dubnyk's credit, that's exactly what the Wild did in front of its goaltender in Game 4.

ABOUT THE WILD: Minnesota outshot the Blues 117-79 in the first three games but has gone 1-for-10 on the power play, and its top four goal scorers in the regular season have yet to tally in the series.

"I think maybe we've been caught being a little too passive, a little too cautious", center Kyle Brodziak said, "and I think that's why we feel we get burnt more often". "But again, I can't really control that". If the Wild can get on the board first (for a change), it would force the Blues to attack, which should expose them to rushes back their way.

Dubnyk's second playoff shutout came nearly two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015. In Game 1 of the playoffs, Minnesota pulled its goalie again, and the Wild scored again. "And that's going to be the same thing on Saturday, because if not, it's over". "If you are looking for me to criticize our team I'm not, so quick trying to put words in our mouths to make us look bad because we aren't".

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Dubnyk was one of the best in the National Hockey League during the regular season despite struggling late in the campaign as the Wild rode out a bumpy March.

A costly mistake by Allen set up Minnesota's first goal. It's going to boil down to if the Wild suddenly can figure out Jake Allen and the Blues defense, who are limiting quality shot chances. He has 18 goals and 22 assists in 66 games this season. Dubnyk refused to acknowledge anything past Game 4, Nino Niederreiter leaned on cliches, and coach Bruce Boudreau continued to stick up for his team.

Coach Mike Yeo said Stastny is day-to-day. "He works so hard and everybody's willing to criticize him, but I thought he was real good tonight".

After scoring the deciding goal in Game 4, Koivu willed the Wild to victory in Game 5 at Dallas, scoring the tying goal with 3:09 remaining and bagging the overtime victor to haul the series back to St. Paul. No one understands that better than the netminder himself.

- With three straight losses in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, odds are not on the Wild's side when it comes to moving on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Regardless, the only thing that now matters is that the Blues are up 3-0 and need to take advantage of the opportunity to close out the series, get some needed rest, and avoid any injuries. We got the pressure on them in the third.

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