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Wild even series at 2 with 2-1 win vs. Avalanche

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  • Colorado Avalanche center Joey Hishon is sandwiched between Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner, left, and left wing Erik Haula (56), of Finland, during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

      Colorado Avalanche center Joey Hishon is sandwiched between Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner, left, and left wing Erik Haula (56), of Finland, during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

 
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Charlie Coyle scored his third goal of the series for Minnesota, and the Wild dominated the Colorado Avalanche for the second straight game on their way to a 2-1 win Thursday night that evened the first-round matchup at two apiece.

The Wild outshot the Avalanche a stunning 32-12, establishing a franchise record for fewest allowed by Minnesota. Colorado has been outshot 78-34 in the last two games, with Ryan O'Reilly getting the only goal.

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Jared Spurgeon used a slap shot to get a puck past Colorado's Semyon Varlamov just 3:47 into the game, much quicker than the 65:08 the Wild needed to score the last time. Game 5 will be in Denver on Saturday night.

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