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The Wild stave off elimination, the Ducks complete the sweep, and Koivu is named a Selke finalist.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Wild found a way to solve Jake Allen and Devan Dubnyk pitched a shutout to boot. While their position is still precarious, the Wild have to feel a lot more confident after last night’s game. It seems like the puck luck finally turned their way, and a good thing too because the Blues didn’t look like a team that was going to make the mistake of stepping off the gas with only one win between them and the second round. Still, a win is what the Wild desperately needed and they got it on the sticks of Charlie Coyle and Martin Hanzal. The series returns to Minnesota and hopefully the Wild continue to return to the success of the early season in which they scored plenty of goals and didn’t allow many in return. (Not so) fun fact: the last time Dubnyk started a game and didn’t allow any goals was back on 20 December against the Colorado Avalanche. (Actual) fun fact: that last shutout was during a ten game streak in which he didn’t allow more than two goals. It appears that Dubnyk at least has returned to his early season form.

Wild News

Brian Murphy: Gutsy Minnesota Wild live to fight another day
"Gutsy" is a misnomer to me. The Wild have been outplaying the Blues. It finally worked for them last night.

Wild stave off elimination with 2-0 win over Blues in Game 4
Will this be a turning point?

Wild forces Game 5 vs. St. Louis with 2-0 victory - StarTribune.com
Cheeky Chowdah found a way to beat Allen and make me laugh. What a guy.

Souhan: Elimination game doesn't morph into a head game for Dubnyk - StarTribune.com
Dubnyk has been playing well during the entire playoffs. Nice to see it get rewarded with a shutout.

The Wild need a star to emerge now more than ever | The Hockey News
Granlund isn't the hero we deserve, but he should step up and be the hero we need.

Recaps

Wild stay alive with Game 4 win over Blues - Sportsnet.ca
The Minnesota Wild kept their season alive with a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

Anaheim Ducks sweep Calgary Flames to advance to Round 2 - Sportsnet.ca
The Anaheim Ducks have swept the Calgary Flames to advance to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Capitals deliver defiant statement in Game 4 win over Leafs - Sportsnet.ca
The bad taste of consecutive overtime losses was quickly washed away with Washington’s best showing of the series, a performance that saw them snuff out a late Leafs rally in the 5-4 victory.

Craig Anderson gives performance to be proud of in Game 4 - Sportsnet.ca
Anderson was spectacular, making 22 saves and pitching a shutout in Game 4, leading the Senators to a third straight win over the Bruins, and a second straight victory at TD Garden to give Ottawa a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

Off the Trail

Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Kesler, Mikko Koivu named Selke Trophy finalists - Sportsnet.ca
Koivu is the undeniable underdog in this group, but this is still fantastic for the Kaptain.

2016-17 Special Teams Power Rankings
The Wild finished well this year in both categories for the first time... ever?

Down Goes Brown: The five types of playoff losses, and how to react to them | The Hockey News
Wild fans are very familiar with #1 this post-season.