Zach Parise has 1 goal, 2 assists in Wild win over Avs

Associated Press
Wild Blank Avalanche

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild could not have started the season stronger.

This game was so good they found themselves acknowledging afterward they probably won’t be able to repeat it.

Zach Parise scored one of the Wild’s four goals in the second period and assisted on two others, helping them overwhelm Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 Thursday night.

“We caught Colorado on an off night. Let’s be honest: They’re a much better team than that,” Parise said.

The franchise-record 48 shots on goal and the fourth career shutout for goalie Darcy Kuemper were nice, sure, but the Wild were already sounding a little anxious about having to face the Avalanche again two days later in Denver.

“To sit here and expect us to go and play 82 games like that, it’s not going to happen. And I can tell you, to play two games like that, it’s not going to happen,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “We’re going to have to be ready for a different game. That’s still a very good hockey team. That’s still a team that won the division over there.”

For the Avalanche, coming off a franchise-record 52 wins, this was a stunningly flat start. They had four power plays and didn’t put a single shot on net, finishing with just 16 for the game.

“Competing was the word that was missing in our game. We didn’t engage. We avoided every battle. They were faster on every puck than we were,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said.

Jason Pominville scored in the first period on one of Mikael Granlund‘s two assists and helped set up a goal by Jared Spurgeon in …read more