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 width=David Backes completely leveled an oblivious Nino Niederreiter skating in the neutral zone for an apparent tone- setting check early on in Game 3.

Turns out, the pancake hit was a mere outlier in a lopsided 3-0 victory that gave the Minnesota Wild another series lead over the St. Louis Blues.

Devan Dubnyk was barely tested, making just 17 saves en route to the first shutout of the entire NHL playoffs thus far.

Zach Parise and Jason Pominville each tallied a goal and an assist, and Niederreiter capped the 180-degree turnaround with an empty net goal.

NHL Playoff Scoreboard
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NY Rangers 2, Pittsburgh 1 Rangers lead best-of-seven series, 2-1
Anaheim 5, Winnipeg 4 (OT) Anaheim leads best-of-seven series, 3-0

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