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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko broke out for the St. Louis Blues with a well-timed natural 3-pointer, putting the Minnesota Wild in real trouble. singular approach from a player who was an important part of the run to the Stanley Cup championship three years ago. READ MORE: Wisconsin killer’s probation puts pressure on Gov. EversTarasenko scored three goals in the third period to open a tied game and series, and the Blues pushed the Wild to the brink of elimination with a 5-2 win in Game 5 on Tuesday night. “This is not the time to think about any achievements. The most important thing is that we win the game and go to the next one,” said Tarasenko, who scored once in the first four games. “At this point, from experience in 2019, we learned that only wins matter.” Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth time in the series and Brandon Saad got the tying goal late in the second period as the Blues overshadowed a stellar performance from Wild Star Kirill Kaprizov. Regardless of the rivalry that exists between the two Russians, Tarasenko had nothing to do with it either. previously slow power play in the first period. Kaprizov has an NHL-leading seven goals in the playoffs, already a Wild record for a series. The Wild is 4-for-19 on the power play and Kaprizov has three of the goals. The series returns to St. Louis for Game 6 on Thursday night. If the Blues win, Game 7 would return to Minnesota on Saturday. The top-seeded Colorado Avalanche, fresh off a sweep of the Nashville Predators, awaits in the second round. Going into this year, there have been 277 best-of-seven postseason matchups in NHL history that were tied at two games apiece. The Game 5 winner went on to take the series 219 times, a whopping .791 winning percentage. “I have a lot of confidence in our team. This is not the time to put your hands down. It’s time to keep the confidence,” Kaprizov said through a translator, also uninterested in enjoying the individual game from him. Jordan Binnington made 30 saves for his second straight win, an 18th postseason win, a franchise record. “He put out so many records tonight and I made some really good plays on them,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “He’s a pretty chill and cool customer.” Pavel Buchnevich outpointed Jacob Middleton for the puck behind Marc-Andre Fleury’s net and fed Tarasenko for the go-ahead score with 63 seconds left after the second intermission. READ MORE: Next Weather: More Severe Storms, sweltering heat in the road. Then Tarasenko, who rebounded strongly with 34 goals in 2021-22 after consecutive injury-plagued seasons, gave the Blues a two-goal lead with his wrist shot from the high slot just 1:28 later. He scored with an empty net with 1:33 remaining. “I liked our chances after two, being tied,” said Fleury, who stopped 27 shots. “We’ve had so many good third stints throughout the season. They pushed hard to create chances and buried them. I would have liked to have saved them all, right?” The Blues have also had many strong endings. “Our third term was kind of our identity,” Saad said. “We got better as the game went on.” The Blues bolstered their blue line by recovering Robert Bortuzzo and Nick Leddy from upper-body injuries that kept them out of both games in St. Louis, though defensemen Torey Krug and Marco Scandella were again absent with injuries in the lower part of the body. Rookie Scott Perunovich, who appeared in the lineup in Game 4 in his first action in four months, was the seventh defenseman to dress while the Blues only made 11 active forwards. The Hibbing, Minnesota, native made his presence felt on the power play after Middleton was given a cross-check whistle, a dubious call from the point of view of the booing home crowd, to give the visitors the advantage of the man only 4:06 into the game. Perunovich’s punch forced Fleury to create a rebound, and after a puck fight that Brayden Schenn won in front of the box, O’Reilly found him with an open net to bring him down. Kaprizov had seen enough power play. imbalance at that point. Marcus Foligno blocked Binnington on Kaprizov’s first goal, a wrist strike that whizzed over the goalkeeper’s glove. Then, in another man-up situation less than four minutes later, Kaprizov scrambled to seize the puck from an off-balance Colton Parayko and kept the play alive. a shot into the narrow strip of space above Binnington’s right shoulder and the back corner of the net. That gave Wild a 2-1 lead, completing the first lead change in the series. “Now we’re a desperate hockey team,” Foligno said. “You will see the best of us.” NOTES: Marian Gaborik, with nine goals in 18 games in 2003, holds the Wild record for scoring in a single postseason. Zach Parise, with 16 goals in 44 games, has the most playoff goals in franchise history. Kaprizov, with nine goals in 12 games, is already tied for fourth on the all-time list. … This was Saad’s 20th career postseason game against Minnesota, including 15 with Chicago, but only his fourth goal. … The Blues have at least one power play goal in every game. That’s 6 for 20.MORE NEWS: Who is eligible for $750 in ‘Hero Pay’ for frontline workers?(© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed ).

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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