St. Louis Blues advance to second round for first time since 2019, defeat Minnesota Wild

The St. Louis Blues advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2018-19

With a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, winning the series in six games

"It was a tough, tough battle,'' Bozak said postgame

The Blues (49-22-11) finished third in the Central Division during the regular season

The last time the Blues qualified for the second round, they went on to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history

The Wild elected to start Cam Talbot instead of Marc-Andre Fleury, who they acquired at the trade deadline

Talbot stopped 22 of 26 shots

"This is one of the most special groups I've been a part of,'' Talbot said

The Blues take on the Colorado Avalanche in the second round. The Avalanche won the season series 2-1-0

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