The Blues scored three goals 10:06 into regulation en route to victory Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,390 at Xcel Energy Center, tying the series, 2-2. D Jared Spurgeon scored for the Wild. The series will shift back to St. Louis as Round 1 continues with Game 5 Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports North (locally), NBC Sports Network (nationally) and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota is in a 2-2 tied series for the fourth time in its nine all-time playoff series. Both of the Wild’s two series last postseason were tied, 2-2, headed into a fifth game on the road.
Minnesota allowed at least six goals in a playoff game for the first time in team history (51 games). The Wild had previously allowed five goals in five games – all on the road.
The Wild moved to 3-6 all-time in Game 4’s. Minnesota moved to 11-12 all-time in the postseason at Xcel Energy Center and is 6-2 in the last two postseasons on home ice.
D Jared Spurgeon netted his first goal of the postseason and second point (1-1=2) in four games. He has seven points (3-4=7) in 22 career postseason contests.
RW Nino Niederreiter tallied the primary assist on Spurgeon’s goal, registering two points in the last two games (1-1=2). He owns eight points (4-4=8) in 17 career playoff games.
C Mikael Granlund recorded the secondary assist on Spurgeon’s goal. He has three assists in the last two games and four points (1-3=4) in four games this series. He has 11 points (5-6=11) in 17 career playoff matches.
G Devan Dubnyk stopped 11-of-17 shots in 36:50 before being replaced in net. It marked just the second time Dubnyk was pulled since joining the Wild (1/20 at DET). G Darcy Kuemper made all nine saves in relief.
RW Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice while RW Ryan Reaves, C David Backes, C Paul Stastny and C Patrik Berglund each scored for St. Louis. G Jake Allen stopped 17-of-18 shots to earn the win.