Talbot can’t save Wild from a Game 6 loss.

castle. Louiscam talbot St. It wasn’t the answer to Minnesota Wild being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Louis Blues. 5-1 loss in Game 6 Round 1 of the Western Conference at the Enterprise Center on Thursday.

The keeper, who made his first appearance since April 28th, recorded 22 saves, but the Blues, who led the final three games of this best-of-seven series to victory, advanced to the second round for the first time since winning. 2019 Stanley Cup.

The Blues play the Colorado Avalanche in the second round. Wild failed to advance after finishing second in the Central Division.

Marc André Fleury, acquired from a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on March 21, started the first 5 games. He averaged 3.04 goals and a 0.906 save percentage, averaging two wins and three losses.

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Talbot hasn’t regained momentum at the end of the regular season. He was 13-0-3 in his last 16 games.

Talbot said it’s a tough request to keep cool with Wild being eliminated.

“Are you sure you’re disappointed?” Talbot spoke about Fleury’s decision to start the series. “yes. [Angry]? yes. However [the coaching staff] expected they want you to be [angry]. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs? But, of course, I respected the decision.”

Replacing Fleury with Talbot was a last resort to bring a team with a slipping 2-1 series lead to life. Wild also inserted a defender. Dmitry Kulkov and forward corner dewar 6th lineup.

“Once again we’re going to make a second guess and evaluate them,” said Wilde manager Dean Evason. “We called today to put in three players. We hope it’s the right decision and energizes us. We’ll have to sit down and evaluate whether it worked or not. But it’s too early to be right now. I’m going inside.”

Video: The Blues defeated Wild 5-1 in Game 6 for a full series win.

After playoff testing, Fleury won the Stanley Cup three times as Pittsburgh Penguin (2009. 2016, 2017) and advanced to the 2018 Vegas Golden Knights to the Cup Finals. However, he has lost in the previous two games, conceding four goals each. each. Talbot has averaged 5.06 goals and a 0.825 save percentage, 0-3-3 in their previous six starts against the Blues.

Meanwhile, St.Louis specializes in the keeper switch early in the series. Jordan Binnington He made his first appearance in Game 4 with the Blues behind the series 2-1. He conceded five goals in three games and had 25 saves in Game six.

St.Louis overtook Wild 15-5 in their last three games.

“We were a reviving group and we got here tonight, but we didn’t handle it well,” Evason said. “Why? We’re going to have to sit down and evaluate individually and collectively. Evaluate and see if what we feel is wrong and why we’ve dealt with that adversity well throughout the season and then suddenly boomed.”

Wild started strong in Game 6 and kept the Blues on two shots during the first 14 minutes of the game.

But the third shot was a backbreaker. defender Nick Ready He was allowed to reach the blue line attacking at high speed, no wild player approaching him. Leddy used Kulikov as the screen to hit the player who defeated Talbot at 14:58 from the short side. St. Louis scored three goals in the second period.

Talbot said of Leddy’s goal, “You have to block it from afar.” We had a good first period and that period gives them some momentum.

“I thought we did a good job of counterattacking and regaining momentum in the first after that. Obviously the penalty in the second killed us. They help score the first goal to get it out of the net. I do not need it.”

The team to score first in each of the six games in the series wins.

“We had faith that we would come back to Minnesota for Game 7,” said Wild’s forward. Matt Zuccarello said. “Our goal was to move forward.”

Talbot has said he wants to remain with the team despite his disappointment at not starting the playoffs after the best of his nine NHL seasons (32-12-4, 2.76 GAA, .911 save percentage). Wild had a season with the most wins (53) and points (113) in history.

“This is a special group,” said Talbot. “One year left. [on my contract] And I’m happy to be part of this team, this group and the locker room.

“It’s painful, but still, a group I want to believe in, a group I want to belong to. It’s a special team.”


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