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Wild edge Avs to even series

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Wild came home from Colorado down two games in their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Avalanche.

Following consecutive stellar starts from goaltender Darcy Kuemper, they're leaving Minnesota with the series even at 2-2.

Charlie Coyle and Jared Spurgeon each scored once while Kuemper turned aside 11-of-12 shots to send the Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Avalanche in Game 4 on Thursday from Xcel Energy Center.

The 23-year-old Kuemper registered a 22-save shutout in his first-ever playoff start in Game 3 and followed that effort up by stopping the only five shots he faced in the third on Thursday to maintain Minnesota's one-goal lead.

Ryan O'Reilly registered the lone goal for Colorado, which will return home to host Game 5 on Saturday.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots in the setback.

04/25 00:32:43 ET

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