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Avalanche Comeback Falls Short To Wild

Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:19 AM

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Avalanche Comeback Falls Short To Wild
Colorado Avalanche 2, Minnesota Wild 4
Three Stars of the Game
Dany Heatley
1st
Dany Heatley
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 22:12
Mikael Granlund
2nd
Mikael Granlund
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:49
Zach Parise
3rd
Zach Parise
G: 0Shots: 8
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 23:09

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Cody McLeod cut the Colorado Avalanche deficit to one in the third, but the Minnesota Wild scored again late in the period and held on for a 4-2 win on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Xcel Energy Center.

Despite giving up four goals, Semyon Varlamov was fantastic in net for Colorado as he made 31 saves, including one on a Pierre-Marc Bouchard breakaway chance in the second period. John Mitchell scored the first goal of the evening for the Avalanche.

The talk surrounding the Wild during the day was on the debuts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, but it was Dany Heatley who stole the show in the season opener, scoring a pair of goals for the Wild - including his 350th of his career.

Parise was pretty good too. Varlamov stopped a shot by Parise early in the second period from up close, but the rebound came free to Heatley, who buried his first of the night, tying the score 1-1.

Later in the period, Parise gained control in the right corner and fed Heatley in front. Varlamov stopped the first chance but Heatley slammed home the second to make it 3-1 at 10:01.

Sandwiched was the first career goal of Wild center Mikael Granlund, who redirected a point shot by defenseman Jared Spurgeon less than a minute after Heatley's first of the game.

The quick offensive burst erased a miserable first period for the Wild, who spent much of the opening 20 minutes chasing the Avalanche around the rink.

The Avs jumped ahead 2:07 into the game when Mitchell slammed home a rebound off a scramble in front of Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

Colorado had two power plays in the first period and almost extended its lead but could not find the net again despite holding a 12-5 edge in shots.

McLeod's goal early in the third period pulled Colorado within 3-2, and a shot at a wide open net by Steve Downie with just over three minutes left in regulation rang off the right post.

Less than two minutes later, Bouchard buried a rebound off his own shot from the bottom of the left circle.

NOTES: Granlund's goal marked the second time in team history a Wild player scored in his NHL debut that also was a season opener. … Heatley's two power-play goals give him 131 since entering the League in 2002-03, two more than New Jersey Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk for the most in that span. … Saturday's attendance of 19,298 marked the sixth-largest crowd in Wild history.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:07
COL
John Mitchell (1) ASST: Steve Downie (1), Milan Hejduk (1)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
03:26
MIN
PPG - Dany Heatley (1) ASST: Zach Parise (1), Mikko Koivu (1)
1 - 1 Tie
04:19
MIN
Mikael Granlund (1) ASST: Jared Spurgeon (1), Devin Setoguchi (1)
2 - 1 MIN
10:01
MIN
PPG - Dany Heatley (2) ASST: Zach Parise (2), Mikko Koivu (2)
3 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
05:09
COL
Cody McLeod (1) ASST: Mark Olver (1), Greg Zanon (1)
3 - 2 MIN
18:25
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (1) ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (1), Kyle Brodziak (1)
4 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:28
MIN
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
02:28
MIN
Zenon Konopka  Interference against  Cody McLeod
02:28
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
09:05
MIN
Ryan Suter  Tripping against  Jamie McGinn
2nd Period
02:17
COL
Steve Downie  Cross checking against  Kyle Brodziak
06:22
COL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Jared Spurgeon
06:22
COL
Steve Downie  Cross checking against  Jared Spurgeon
08:25
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Holding the stick against  Zach Parise
13:27
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Holding against  Jamie McGinn
17:15
COL
Jan Hejda  Hi stick - double minor against  Zenon Konopka
3rd Period
10:46
COL
John Mitchell  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
goalie stats
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 35TOI: 58:36
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 27TOI: 59:37
Saves: 25EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1
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