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Parise's pair of goals lead Wild past Blues 4-1 to win series, advance to play Blackhawks

  • Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, left, celebrates with teammates center Mikael Granlund (64), of Finland, defenseman Jared Spurgeon, and defenseman Marco Scandella (6) after Parise's goal on St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, left, celebrates with teammates center Mikael Granlund (64), of Finland, defenseman Jared Spurgeon, and defenseman Marco Scandella (6) after Parise's goal on St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise reacts in front of the fans after scoring on St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 26, 2015. The Wild won 4-1 to win the series and advance to the second round. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise reacts in front of the fans after scoring on St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 26, 2015. The Wild won 4-1 to win the series and advance to the second round. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

Zach Parise scored twice, including a short-handed, highlight-reel goal to get Minnesota going in the first period, and the Wild advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday in Game 6.

Justin Fontaine also scored, Nino Niederreiter added an empty-net goal and the Wild set up a rematch of their second-round loss last year to Chicago. The Blackhawks beat Nashville in six games to move on.

The Blues had their third straight first-round ouster.

Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves, giving him 67 over the last two games after the 6-1 defeat here that allowed the Blues to tie the series. The Wild outscored them 8-2 after that, and the Blues lost their 10th straight postseason game when facing elimination.

Coach Ken Hitchcock pulled goalie Jake Allen after Fontaine scored with 8:41 left in the second period, and T.J. Oshie's first goal of the series came with 4 seconds left before the second intermission to give the Blues some life. They outshot the Wild 27-11 over the last two periods.