COL
3-4-4
MIN
6-3-0

16 SOG
48 SOG

Avs Fall 5-0 In Season Opener

NHL.com | Friday, 10.10.2014 / 11:00 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild scored four goals in the second period and fired a club-record 48 shots on goal in a 5-0 season-opening victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.

Zach Parise scored a goal and had two assists, and Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund each posted two-point nights for the Wild, who scored four goals in a period only once all of last season. Parise finished with nine shots on goal and was plus-4. Pominville and defenseman Ryan Suter each had a goal and an assist, and Granlund had two assists.

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper stopped 16 shots for his third NHL shutout.

Pominville scored the lone goal of the first period, putting home the rebound of a Granlund shot at 14:54.

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon made it 2-0 at 4:37 with a backdoor tap-in after a pass through the crease by Parise.

Parise scored less than three minutes later, four seconds into a 4-on-4. Granlund won the faceoff in the neutral zone and pushed the puck forward to Parise, who fired from the high slot. Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped the first shot, but Parise grabbed his own rebound and buried it for his first goal of the season.

Nino Niederreiter scored off a scramble at 13:21, and Suter's slapper from just inside the blue line beat Varlamov at 16:58.

Minnesota outshot Colorado 48-16, forcing Varlamov from the game after 40 minutes. He made 33 saves on 38 shots and stopped several other Grade A chances to keep the game from becoming more lopsided.

Reto Berra stopped all ten shots he faced after coming in to start the third period.

ColoradoAvalanche.com contributed to this story.

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COL
MIN
Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:54MIN Jason Pominville (1) ASST: Mikael Granlund (1), Ryan Suter (1) 1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
04:37MIN Jared Spurgeon (1) ASST: Zach Parise (1), Jason Pominville (1) 2 - 0 MIN
07:01MIN Zach Parise (1) ASST: Mikael Granlund (2) 3 - 0 MIN
13:21MIN Nino Niederreiter (1) ASST: NONE 4 - 0 MIN
16:58MIN Ryan Suter (1) ASST: Zach Parise (2), Charlie Coyle (1) 5 - 0 MIN
3rd Period
NONE
Three Stars of the Game
Zach Parise
1st
Zach Parise
G: 1Shots: 9
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 15:09
Mikael Granlund
2nd
Mikael Granlund
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 15:34
Ryan Suter
3rd
Ryan Suter
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 25:31
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:51MIN Ryan Carter  Hooking against  Dennis Everberg
06:30MIN Marco Scandella  Interference against  Daniel Briere
08:53COL Brad Stuart  Holding against  Zach Parise
2nd Period
06:56COL Erik Johnson  Roughing against  Ryan Carter
06:56MIN Ryan Carter  Roughing against  Erik Johnson
09:05MIN Matt Dumba  Holding against  Matt Duchene
18:55COL Erik Johnson  Cross checking against  Jason Pominville
3rd Period
08:32COL Gabriel Landeskog  Boarding against  Ryan Carter
08:32MIN Jason Zucker  Roughing against  Gabriel Landeskog
15:07MIN Ryan Carter  Roughing against  Tyson Barrie
shots by period
PeriodCOLMIN
1st517
2nd821
3rd310
Total1648
Team Stats
CategoryCOLMIN
Power Plays0/40/2
Hits2013
Faceoff Wins2332
Giveaways64
Takeaways410
Blocked Shots96
Penalty Minutes812
  • COLORADO
  • MINNESOTA
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4T. BarrieD00-32021:06
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1S. Varlamov3338.86840:00
20R. Berra10101.00020:00
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16J. ZuckerL0001212:25
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21K. BrodziakC0003012:05
22N. NiederreiterR1017013:35
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25J. BrodinD0035021:21
26T. VanekL0002015:38
29J. PominvilleR1124015:01
46J. SpurgeonD1022021:13
55M. DumbaD0001216:27
56E. HaulaC0011013:37
64M. GranlundC0243015:34
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35D. Kuemper16161.00059:52