NHL playoffs: Wild beat Avalanche to even series, 2-2

Published April 24, 2014 11:14 pm

Bruins rally to defeat Red Wings in OT to take 3-1 series lead.
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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.

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.

Coyle was in perfect position to backhand in a lucky bounce of the ricochet of Jason Pominville's rocket off the glass behind the net, giving the Wild a two-goal lead with 7:05 left in the second period.

Just 30 seconds later, O'Reilly gave the Avalanche their first goal against Wild rookie Darcy Kuemper in the series after 42 shots and more than 124 minutes without one, a long-range shot from the top of the circle without any traffic in front that cut the lead to 2-1. But that was all they could scrap together on another off night by the high-scoring, fast-skating stars that highlighted victories in Games 1 and 2.

The Avalanche did a better job of clogging shooting and passing lanes to slow the Wild's attack in the third period, and coach Patrick Roy pulled Varlamov with 2:39 left to get the extra skater. Then 25 seconds later, Jonas Brodin was called for hooking, giving the Avalanche a 6-on-4 situation. Mikael Granlund lost his stick at one point, but still managed to block a shot without it.

The Avalanche failed to score on all four power plays and fell to 1 for 15 in the series.

Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 (OT) • In Detroit, Jarome Iginla scored with 6:28 left in overtime, lifting Boston over Detroit in Game 4 of their first-round series.

The Presidents' Trophy winners and defending Eastern Conference champions can advance with a win against Detroit on Saturday at home.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead early in the second period after Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and an assist. Torey Krug scored midway through the second period to pull the Bruins within a goal. Milan Lucic tied it at 2 early in the third period.

Boston's Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots. Detroit's Jonas Gustavsson made 37 saves in a surprise start Thursday night, filling in for Jimmy Howard, who was out with the flu. —

NHL playoffs

O Thursday

Boston 3, Detroit 2 (OT)

Bruins lead series 3-1

Minnesota 2, Colorado 1

Series tied 2-2

San Jose vs. L.A., late

Sharks lead series 3-0


• N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 5 p.m., CNBC

Rangers lead series 2-1

• Chicago at St. Louis, 6 p.m., MSNBC

Series tied 2-2

• Dallas at Anaheim, 8:30 p.m., MSNBC

Series tied 2-2