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The Minnesota Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Thursday to even their best-of-seven series 2-2. Game 5 is Saturday in Denver. (Reuters)

Wild edge Avalanche to even series 2-2


              ST. PAUL -- In keeping with the NHL 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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