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Kuemper stops 34 shots, Spurgeon has 2 assists in return as Wild edge Lightning 2-1

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 11:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Kuemper stops 34 shots, Spurgeon has 2 assists in return as Wild edge Lightning 2-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves, Jared Spurgeon had two assists in his return from injury and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Nino Niederreiter and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who are 6-3-2 in Kuemper's 11 straight starts — a franchise record for rookie goalies.

Valtteri Filppula scored his 20th of the season for the Lightning, who got a strong showing from goalie Ben Bishop in a losing effort.

Minnesota welcomed Spurgeon back to the lineup after the defenceman missed 14 games with an injured left foot. But just 2 minutes into the game, the Wild had another setback on the blue line when defenceman Marco Scandella left the game after getting tangled up with Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson.

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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

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