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McDonald: Blues need to step it up now

Down 3-2, the Blues need to again find a way to beat the Wild or else they will be looking at another disappointing end to their season.

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Teams 4-on-4. Cooke gets two for embellishment. Tough to embellish when stick is stuck between your legs.

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Wild 1-0 lead after first period. Shots: Minnesota 10, St. Louis 4. So much energy in the building. Fans now having more Bloody Marys.

Minnesota leads 1-0 after 1

Zach Parise got creative, beating St. Louis' Jake Allen from an extreme angle on the shorthand for the period's only goal. The Wild are two periods away from advancing to the West semis.

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You feel like the Blues are just one all-star goalie away from being an elite team. If only there had been one available. If only...

Wild score shorthanded goal

Zach Parise snuck one past Blues goalie Jake Allen from a tough angle to put Minnesota up 1-0, 7:14 into the first period. St. Louis had gone on the power play just seconds before.


Wild aim to eliminate Blues

Minnesota does not want to let the Blues send the series back to St. Louis for Game 7. To avoid that, the Wild must win Game 6 in Minnesota today at 3 p.m. to claim the series.