Saint Paul, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Defenseman Jared Spurgeon had a goal and an assist to lead the Minnesota Wild in dominating the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2 at Xcel Energy Center.
With the win, the Wild tied the series at 2-2 and remained undefeated at home with 5-0 in the post-season.
Spurgeon helped break a 2-2 tie in the second period by setting up right winger Nino Niederreiter’s go-ahead goal.
The Edmonton native then scored on a power-play on a man advantage early in the third after Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival was called for closing his hand on the puck.
Spurgeon excels with the man advantage where he can make plays from the blueline.
It was Spurgeon’s third goal in 11 playoff games, with the first two coming in game 4 and 7 in the first round against the Colorado Avalanche.
He also had five goals in 67 regular season games.
“Any guy can be that guy on any given night, and if you get a chance to make that play and are able to capitalise it’s great for the team,” Spurgeon said.
Justin Fontaine’s opening goal for the Wild was answered by Patrick Sharp to make 1-all at the end of the first priod.
Jason Pominville had a goal to give the Wild a 2-1 lead at 3:51 of the second.
Michal Handzus’ goal at 6:28 tied the game at 2-all.
Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves and just had to defend against 20 shots.
Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford made 27 saves but gave up four goals.