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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Minnesota



(Tuesday, February 4th)

Final Score: Minnesota 2, Tampa Bay 1

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots and Dany Heatley netted the deciding goal early in the third period, as Minnesota escaped with a 2-1 decision over Tampa Bay at Xcel Energy Center.

Nino Niederreiter also tallied and Jared Spurgeon assisted twice for the Wild, who returned from a four-game road trip by halting a two-game slide.

"I liked the way our guys came into this game," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. "You could tell they had the right focus defensively and execution wise."

Valtteri Filppula scored and Ben Bishop made 24 saves for the Lightning, who dropped three of four on their just-completed four-game road swing.

Heatley provided some breathing room for Kuemper, when he scored at the 34- second mark of the third. The goal was set up by Spurgeon, who stripped a Tampa player in the right circle and fed to the former 50-goal scorer for an easy tap in and 2-0 edge.

It was needed, as Filppula cut the Bolts' deficit in half at 13:53 by redirecting a low shot from Martin St. Louis.

Minnesota failed to pick up an insurance goal when Lightning forward B.J. Crombeen was sent off for roughing with 3:02 on the clock. Bishop was summoned to the bench for an extra skater with 1:27 remaining, but the Bolts couldn't find the equalizer.

"We worked harder (than the last game) we just didn't work smarter," Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said. "That was a big problem."

Niederreiter deposited a Spurgeon rebound with 3:56 left in the opening period, just nine seconds into the game's first power play.

Kuemper turned aside 11 shots apiece in the first and second stanzas to ensure that slim margin held up.

Game Notes

Spurgeon returned from a 14-game absence due to a foot injury ... Kuemper upped his season record to 7-3-2 ... Filppula's goal was his 20th of the season, the second time in his career he reached the plateau (2011-12 with Detroit).

02/04 23:19:33 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
15th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
7th
PIT 7
MIL 6
 
7th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
6th
TAM 10
NYY 1
 
8th
MIA 6
SEA 0
 
4th
TEX 2
CWS 1
 
4th
LOS 3
ARI 4
 
4th
COL 1
PHI 0
 
3rd
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
4th
IND 74
ATL 90
 
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
3rd
PIT 3
CLB 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
15th
NOR 1
DUR 1