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.