Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 2-1 overtime loss against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs First-Round series at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Wednesday night:
1. The adage says that a goaltender needs to be a team's best player to have a chance this time of year. That was the case for the Blues (1-0) and Jake Allen on Wednesday.
Like they did a month ago in a 2-1 regular-season win at Xcel Energy Center, the Blues limited the Wild's grade-A chances in the opening 20 as both teams went through a bit of a feeling-out period. But the Wild came out firing in the second, putting eight of the frame's first nine shots on goal on Allen.
That's when the onslaught continued. Minnesota peppered Allen with 52 shots, the most in a single game in franchise history.
"We had 90-some shots [attempts] at the net ... 52 shots on the net. I thought territorially we were pretty good," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "We played a lot of mistake-free chances, chances that would probably be quite in our favor, so that's what I'm taking out of it. But we're down 1-0. It was a heck of a game, and we'll just get back to it tomorrow."