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Rapid Reaction: Wild 4, Blues 1

Zach Parise scored twice to lead the Wild into the second round of the playoffs, providing another disappointing end to the Blues' season.

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Wild oust Blues in Game 6

Zach Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk turned away 30 shots to send wild-card Minnesota past St. Louis 4-1. Box score

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Minnesota pushes lead back to 2

Zach Parise knocks home a rebound for his second goal of the game just over a minute into the third period to put the Wild up 3-1. Minnesota eliminates the Blues with a win in Game 6. Follow live


Blues cut into deficit at end of 2nd

T.J. Oshie beat Devan Dubnyk with 1.8 seconds remaining in the second period for his first goal this postseason. St, Louis trails Minnesota 2-1 heading to the third and 3-2 in the series. Follow live

Blues down 2-0, switch goalies

Justin Fontaine's second-period goal brought the end of Jake Allen's day. The Blues' goalie gave up two goals to the Wild on 13 shots and was swapped for Brian Elliott after getting beat 5-hole midway through the second period. Follow live

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Another bad goal allowed by Allen and Wild have a 2-0 lead. Fontaine with a strong effort and slips it 5-hole.

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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.