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.
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.
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.
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
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