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After getting outplayed in a pair of close road losses, the Colorado Avalanche hope to regain a series lead when they return home to face the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 tonight. Colorado scored nine times en route to winning the first two games of this Western Conference first round series, but the Wild evened the best-of-seven set with a pair of defensive-minded victories on home ice. The game can be seen live on TSN at 9:30pm et/6:30pm pt. Minnesota notched a 1-0 overtime victory in Game 3 at Xcel Energy Center and then posted a 2-1 win on Thursday to knot the series at two games apiece. A switch in net has been part of the equation in getting Minnesota back in this series, but a better overall team effort on defense also has helped. Ilya Bryzgalov, the loser in Games 1 and 2, faced 45 shots in 99 minutes of action over Games 1 and 2, while Darcy Kuemper has seen just 48 pucks fired his way in 150 minutes of work. Kuemper relieved Bryzgalov in Game 2 and posted a 22-save shutout when called upon to start Game 3. The 23-year-old rookie then faced only 12 shots to post the victory on Thursday. The 12 shots allowed were a postseason club record for the Wild and the second-fewest amount of shots yielded by a team in a playoff game since 2008, behind only the 10 given up by Calgary on April 15, 2008. "We spent a lot of time in their zone, but I think were doing well without the puck. Were doing a better job of denying their speed," Wild forward Zach Parise said. Charlie Coyle and Jared Spurgeon each scored once to help Kuemper earn the win. "Ive kind of learned the importance of showing confidence in yourself because I think the players feed off that a little bit," Kuemper said. "It relaxes them in the defensive zone, but its easy to do when theyre playing the way they are in front of me." Ryan OReilly registered the lone goal for Colorado, while Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots in the setback. Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Paul Stastny each were held without a point in Games 3 and 4 after giving Minnesota fits in the first two contests. Stastny had three goals and four assists in Games 1 and 2, MacKinnon notched a goal and six helpers in those outings and Landeskog posted three goals. Landeskog, Colorados young captain, hopes a change of venue can get the clubs offense back on track. "We know that were strong at home," Landeskog said. "Were just going to go home and regroup and get back to work on Saturday." Matt Duchene took part in an optional morning skate Saturday but will not play tonight. The Avalanches leading scorer has been out since damaging the MCL in his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29. Head coach Patrick Roy will wait to see how Duchenes knee responds after todays initial practice and will have a further update on Sunday. The Avs, Central Division champions and the second seed in the West, were 26-11-4 on home ice during the 2013-14 regular season. Minnesota was just 17-17-7 on the road. Minnesotas Matt Cooke served the first contest of his seven-game suspension for kneeing Colorados Tyson Barrie in Game 3. Barrie is out four-to-six weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Game 6 of this set is scheduled for Monday in Minnesota. If necessary, Colorado will host Game 7 on Wednesday. Michael Griffin Jersey . The Manchester giants dipped into their reserves for a second game in three days and produced disjointed displays that were rescued by second-half winners. Edin Dzekos 66th-minute goal maintained Citys record of scoring in every home game in more than three years -- a run of 60 matches -- and lifted the team two points above Arsenal, which plays Newcastle on Sunday. Wesley Woodyard Titans Jersey . 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Brenden Miller and Zack Bell replied for the Battalion. Both teams appeared to grab momentum in the game by scoring in the last minute of play in a period. Bells fourth goal of the season for Brampton came with just 0.3 seconds left in the opening period and tied the game at 2-2. Marcheses 19th goal of the season came with 43.3 seconds left in the second period when he broke in on an odd-man rush from centre ice and wired a wristshot past the outstretched blocker of Brampton goaltender Matej Machovsky. That goal staked the Spitfires to a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of play. Spitfire defenceman Nick Ebert was injured during the second period after being checked by a Brampton player on a play that saw the Battalion players shoulder strike Ebert in the head. Ebert appeared dazed and played just one more shift in tthe middle frame before retiring to the Windsor dressing room.dddddddddddd He did not return to the game. Johnson scored his second goal of the game into an empty net to salt the game away for the Spitfires. Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Niagara 2 Spirit 1 and Barrie 5 Kitchener 3. At Windsor, Ont., Jaroslav Pavelka made 35 saves for the Spitfires (27-28-6), while Machovsky made 18 saves for the Battalion (32-20-9). IceDogs 2 Spirit 1 At St. Catharines, Ont., Mark Visentin made 42 saves as the Niagara picked up its 40th win of the season over Saginaw. Mitchell Theoret and Alex Friesen scored for the IceDogs (40-17-3). Terry Trafford was the lone Saginaw (27-26-8) player to beat Visentin. Jake Paterson made 37 stops for the Spirit. Colts 5 Rangers 3 At Barrie, Ont., Mathias Niederberger turned aside 35 shots to backstop the Colts in a victory over Kitchener. Ivan Telegin, Tanner Pearson, Aaron Ekblad, Erik Bradford and Alex Lepkowski had the goals for Barrie (36-21-4), who have won seven of their last eight. 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