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Cam Barker, back, tries to keep Ryan O'Reilly, left, of the Avalanche at bay as he challenges the net, while Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, right, stops a shot during the first period Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Associated Press)

Wild surge past Avalanche, 5-2

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By Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer

ST. PAUL -- John Madden scored with 9:05 left to break a tie and lift the Minnesota Wild to a must-have 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Rookie defenseman Jared Spurgeon tacked on another score less than three minutes later and Kyle Brodziak added an empty-netter to pad Minnesota's lead, dropping the Avalanche to 2-16-2 since Jan. 18.

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