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Brayden Logan

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Two first-round playoff series could come to an end Wednesday night, as the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks have a chance to sweep their opponents.

The Blues are one of the shocking stories of the playoffs, winning three close games against the Minnesota Wild. Goalie Jake Allen has been the architect of the 3-0 advantage, as he has held the Wild to three goals in three games.

For the majority of the season, the Wild had been the top team in the Western Conference, but they slumped badly in the final third of the season. Still, most favored Minnesota in the series, and the deficit is surprising.

The Ducks have had their share of playoff nightmares over the years, but they overcame a 4-1 deficit in Game 3 to beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 in overtime Monday night.

The winning goal by Corey Perry gave Anaheim a 3-0 advantage in the series and left the Flames in a state of shock. Anaheim used late third-period goals to gain wins at home in the first two games of the series, but it appeared the Ducks would get blown out at the Saddledome.

However, when Shea Theodore scored late in the second period for the Ducks, it became the start of their comeback. Nate Thompson and Theodore would score in the latter half of the third period to tie the score before Perry scored the game-winner.

The Flames will try to stay alive by winning the fourth game at home.

The Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs are not in a position to close out their series, but both can take commanding 3-1 leads.

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