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USA TODAY Sports Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon, left, and Minnesota right wing Charlie Coyle chase down a loose puck during the second period of Game 4 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Wild won 2-1 to tie the series at two games each. Game 5 is 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Denver.

Wild clip Avalanche to tie series


ST. PAUL — In keeping with the playoff trend in the Western Conference, the Minnesota Wild dominated at home Thursday, beating the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 to even their first round playoff series 2-2.

Western Conference teams, playing at home, were 13-1 entering Thursday night’s games. The Wild made that number 14-1 on the strength of goals by defenseman Jared Spurgeon and center Charlie Coyle, along with 11 saves by goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

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