After finishing the regular season as the Western Conference's second-best team, it took just five games for the Wild to get bounced from the Stanley Cup Playoff picture.
Their demise came at the hands of the St. Louis Blues, who entered the postseason as one of the league's hottest squads.
It was a bit surprising that this one was decided so quickly, so let's examine a handful of reasons it only lasted five games.
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Some people -- including myself -- looked at Jake Allen's shoddy career playoff stats prior to this year and wondered if he might be a liability for the Blues.
He made us look like fools.
The goalie was phenomenal in net for St. Louis, especially in the first few games as he helped steal momentum for the Blues.
Allen had to shoulder a heavy workload-- the Wild averaged the second-most shots-per-game of any playoff team -- but Allen's great play kept them frustrated all series long.
The St. Louis netminder finished the first-round with a .956 save-percentage and a 1.47 goals-against-average and was the single biggest difference-maker for the Blues.
Lack of finish
The Wild played well and generated opportunities, but they didn't do a good enough job of executing and capitalizing on those opportunities.
Despite consistently outposessing the Blues and averaging about 36 shots per game, the Wild only scored eight goals in the series (1.6 per game). They shot 3.4 percent.
With two games going to overtime -- both of which the Blues won -- this could have been a much different series had the Wild gotten a few more breaks to go their way.
But their big guns up front were suppressed throughout much of the series. They got just a single even-strength goal from a top-six forward (three in total) through the five games.
Minnesota ran into hot goaltending and a solid defensive team, but you certainly expect more from a team that finished second in scoring this season.
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Heading into this series, one of the most interesting storylines surrounded St. Louis coach Mike Yeo.
After parts of five seasons in Minnesota, Yeo was fired by the Wild midway through last season before joining the the Blues coaching staff.
Yeo took over as head coach in St. Louis after Ken Hitchcock's firing on Feb. 1. At the time, St. Louis was struggling and out of the playoff picture.
But there was a major turnaround under Yeo. The team went 22-8-2 to finish the season and allowed the least goals in the league in that timeframe. They were a completely different team from the first half of the season.
Much thanks to Yeo, they went into the playoffs as one of the league's hottest teams and were able to contiue that string of success against the Wild.
Yeo probably didn't need any extra motivation, but beating his former club had to make it just a little bit sweeter.
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Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson
The Blues' entire defensive unit stymied the Wild for much of the series, but the second pairing of Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson was arguably the most productive.
The 23-year-old Parayko was able to showcase flashes of the playmaking ability that has made him one of the most promising defensemen in the game today. He picked up two points (1/1) and was a plus-four in the series.
Edmundson is significantly less talented offensively but found the back of the net twice in the opening round, including the game-winning goal in OT in Game 1.
The second pair was especially good in the decisive Game 5. Parayko recorded an assist while Edmundson was on the ice for all four goals for St. Louis and none of the goals against.
Having a strong second pairing is very important for a team hoping to make a deep postseason run, so these guys came up big.
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We're all sorry for ever doubting you, Jake.
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