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The St. Louis Blues Advance To Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Confident, cohesive and a little crazy, the Blues stepped off the bus that freezing Winter Classic afternoon in beach wear. Undaunted by Minnesota (both the hockey team and the elements), the “Beach Boys” won the outdoor game. And so, after every Blues home win since, Beach Boys music blared. Sure enough, it happened Thursday at Enterprise Center, as Minnesota’s players, suddenly on summer vacation, became “Beach Boys” themselves.

The swagger-fueled Blues swatted away the Wild for the fourth time in six games, winning 5-1 on Thursday to advance to the second round. And along the way, the Blues overcame seemingly all the adversity — be it injured defensemen and a struggling goalie — and all their adversaries — be it Kirill Kaprizov or Marcus Foligno, who said Thursday morning: “We went into Vegas last year in that hostile arena, crazy fans, much louder than this rink, and we stole a game. That's what we have to do tonight.”

They didn’t do it.

And while I’ve never been to the Vegas rink, I can’t imagine it being that much louder than Enterprise Center was Thursday night.

And we knew the Blues needed to demoralize the Wild early — but really, it was a two-period process. And an impressive one. Nick Leddy (Nick Leddy?) scored the first and only first-period goal, but after two, the Blues led 4-0.

How did they do it? With confidence and cohesion. They killed penalties diabolically. They won puck battles on the boards. And they got contributions from seemingly everyone. And really, that’s the spirit of the playoffs — and the spirit of this team. The Blues are, indeed, a team. And it takes a team.

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Below find the game highlights and handshakes.

Highlights

 

 

Handshakes

 

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from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

Fifty-three wins, 113 points and countless team and individual milestones, especially from the first true superstar in franchise history: Kirill Kaprizov.

And all for naught.

Maybe in a few weeks we’ll reflect on the 2021-22 campaign and remember the loads of excitement this close-knit team provided during a historic 82-game regular season. But even with a vast culture change, even when things prove to be different, this franchise never fails to disappoint when it matters most.

Thursday night, despite their latest catchy “It’s About Winning” playoff slogan, the Wild’s season ended emphatically as usual with a good old-fashioned, 5-1 butt-kicking courtesy of the always piercing thorn in their sides, the St. Louis Blues.

After holding a 2-1 series lead and having a chance to take a stranglehold in the series when the Blues played four defensemen totaling 15 games of playoff experience, including players like Steven Santini and Calle Rosen in Game 4, the Wild bowed out with three consecutive losses. If you’re counting at home — and we know you are — out of the Wild’s nine playoff appearances in the past 10 years, they’ve lasted past the first round twice and not since 2015.

“It’s tough to put into words right now just how close this group was and how positive the regular season was,” veteran Marcus Foligno said. “It’s just disappointing because we feel like we were right there with them and played a hard series and had a lot of positivity around this team this year and thought that we could do something special. When you don’t get the job done, especially in crunchtime … it’s disappointing, for sure.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/13/22 at 04:22 AM ET

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This guy writes for NHL.com (allegedly) so posting without back up:

Lou Korac
@lkorac10

In 3 games Nick Leddy played in this series, he went against Kirill Kaprizov for a total of 23:26 of 5v5 play. Kaprizov, who scored seven of #mnwild’s 16 goals in the series, was held to 0 goals in 5v5 going against Leddy with four high danger chances against. Leddy was a blanket

2:38 AM · May 13, 2022·TweetDeck

Honestly doesn’t seem like a lot of TOI but there it is

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/13/22 at 08:04 AM ET

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He was half assing it in Detroit from the moment he got the call he had been traded from the nyi.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/13/22 at 08:49 AM ET

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You can never go wrong betting against Minnesota in the playoffs.

Posted by dwgs on 05/13/22 at 10:03 AM ET

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There is a regular season Nick Leddy——and a Post Season Nick Leddy…..

I remember - Pre Trotz -  Leddy was a - 40 player (Plus/minus) and went to even zero under Trotz. 

Playoff Leddy - he was somewhere between a + 5 to + 10

He was no Lidstrom or Denis Potvin….but he can carry the puck and seemed to play better in the post season.

He is one of the few who can skate with the faster forwards like Dollar Bill (who seemed like he is a fabulous player - I was mostly watching the east coast games)

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 05/13/22 at 10:37 AM ET

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Never know how game six (or seven)
would’ve turned out, but unless he was slowed by
an injury or they saw something in his game they didn’t like, I have no idea why Minnesota went with Cam Talbot so late in the series.

The whole point of acquiring Fleury was to have a higher-ceiling,
playoff-proven, Cup-winning goalie on their side.
Fleury had been inconsistent in that series, but he seemed like
their best bet for shutting down St. Louis and getting to a game seven.
If it didn’t work out, ok, you took your shot, and the cap mess next season likely means they move on.

Why go back to a solid but lesser goalie all of a sudden in an elimination game?

 

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/13/22 at 02:47 PM ET

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Leddy was uninspired and uninspiring in Detroit,
but no way St. Louis trades a 2nd and two
lower-end roster players for that version of Leddy.

It looked like St. Louis might not get much value from the trade,
but having another confident playoff-seasoned puck carrier who can skate is so important with Krug missing so much time.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/13/22 at 02:53 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

I picked the Blues in 7, they won in six but the way played they could of won in 5.  If they get healthy before the next round they will be interesting to watch. They are very balanced without the splashiness. They are fun to watch.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/13/22 at 06:06 PM ET

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