The Minnesota Wild take on the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wild edged the Blues for the No. 2 seed and home ice advantage in the opening round by four points in the regular season. The Blues are only a few seasons removed from winning their first Stanley Cup back in 2019. The Wild have never been to/or won the Stanley Cup and are looking to do so led by phenom Kirill Kaprizov.
Here we’re going to be tracking the results for each game with a short recap.
Blues win series 4-2 over Wild
Game 1: Blues 4, Wild 0
Recap — The Blues shutout the Wild in Game 1 on Monday night thanks to 37 saves from Ville Husso. St. Louis opted to start Husso over Cup hero Jordan Binnington and it paid off. Forward David Perron had a hat trick and an assist while D Torey Krug had three assists for the Blues, who have already stolen home ice advantage and appear in control of the series early on.
Game 2: Wild 6, Blues 2
Recap — The Wild bounced back after a tough shutout loss in Game 1 to even the series 1-1 on Wednesday night. Minnesota jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never really looked back, getting a hat trick from budding star Kirill Kaprizov. Joel Eriksson Ek had two goals and an assist for the Wild. Blues goalie Ville Husso, who had a shutout in Game 1, was lit up for five goals on 27 shots.
Game 3: Wild 5, Blues 1
Recap — Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves and the Wild scored four straight goals to defeat the Blues in Game 3 on Thursday night. The Blues only source of offense was a power-play goal from Ryan O’Reilly. Joel Eriksson Ek, Kirill Kaprizov and Ryan Hartman each had two points for Minnesota.
Game 4: Blues 5, Wild 2
Recap — After the game was tied 1-1 after the first period, the Blues would go on to outscore the Wild 4-1 the rest of the way to even the series 2-2 in the first round on Sunday night. Jordan Kyrou, David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly combined for all five goals and eight points overall in the win.
Game 5: Blues 5, Wild 2
Recap — St. Louis has taken a 3-2 lead heading back home for Game 6 on Thursday night. Vladimir Tarasenko scored a natural hat trick with three straight goals in the third period to give the Blues the win. Kirill Kaprizov scored two power-play goals for the Wild in the first period to take a 2-1 lead. Jordan Binnington made 30 saves for St. Louis.
Game 6: Blues 5, Wild 2
Recap — The slight upset was completed behind four unanswered goals from the Blues in the first 39 minutes. Nick Leddy, Ryan O’Reilly (his fifth to lead the team in the Playoffs), Tyler Bozak, and Vladimir Tarasenko all tallied, and it seemed apparent who would be heading to Colorado next week. Kirill Kaprizov finishes the series with seven goals for the Wild, but his season is over.