ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - 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.
It's not the significant injury to Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, nor the suspension of Wild forward Matt Cooke that will heighten the intensity in Game 4 between Colorado and Minnesota. That incident certainly doesn't hurt though.
The Avalanche lost 2-1 and the series is now even at two games apiece.
Despite being outplayed the entire night, Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov held the Wild scoreless until overtime. He saved an incredible 45 shots on the night but Minnesota found a way to dramatically win 1-0 in the extra period.
The Avalanche were victorious in the first two games of the series on home ice. Paul Stastny unthinkably evened the score with 13.4 seconds remaining in the third period of Game 1 before putting another puck in the net in overtime to win. Nathan MacKinnon recorded an amazing goal to go along with 3 assists in Game 2 before heading to Minnesota.