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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Zach Parise scored his first goal with the Wild and Josh Harding stopped all 24 shots he faced in his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and Minnesota beat the Dallas Stars 1-0 on Sunday.
Parise notched his third point with the Wild a night after getting two assists in Minnesota's season-opening win against Colorado.
Parise's first goal of the season came at 8:11 of the first period just as a 4-on-3 advantage for the Wild expired.
He one-timed a pass from Pierre-Marc Bouchard past Cristopher Nilstorp from the slot.
Nilstorp, who signed with the Stars in June after playing the previous four seasons in the Swedish Elite League, stopped 31 shots in his first career NHL start for Dallas.
Each team was coming off a four-goal performance the night before, but struggled to find any sort of an offensive flow.
The Stars were 0 for 4 on the power play and never found a rhythm against the Wild's defense and Harding, who earned his seventh career shutout.
Harding became one of Minnesota's feel-good stories last fall when the team announced his intentions to manage his illness and continue playing.
Earlier in the summer, he passed on the chance to leave and instead re-signed with the Wild to play behind Niklas Backstrom again.
NOTES: Stars captain Brenden Morrow left during the first period after taking a puck to the face, but returned for the second. ... Harding's last shutout came against Vancouver last March 19. ... Parise has six goals and seven assists in 10 career games against the Stars, the organization for which his father, J.P. Parise, played and coached.
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild went shopping on the Fourth of July last summer and shocked the NHL by signing the top two free agents, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, to matching 13-year, 98 million contracts.
The excitement generated by the signings, which engulfed a state yearning for a winner after four straight years without a playoff appearance, was eventually tempered by the...
No Zach Parise, no problem. The New Jersey Devils opened up a new era without their former captain in fine fashion as they topped the New York Islanders 2-1.
Here are some notes on the Devils 2-1 win as well as some prospect updates.
- Given the circumstances, things went about as well as they could have for the Devils. That was a big win for them to open the season as not...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Josh Harding said he couldn't sleep well Saturday night knowing he would be in net Sunday for the Minnesota Wild in the second game of a back-to-back to open the season.
Harding has played 118 games in the NHL. Nervousness like Harding was experiencing shouldn't come from a seven-year veteran.
Sunday wasn't just any start for Harding. Sunday was his...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Zach Parise's first goal in a Wild uniform made the difference, as the Wild improved to 2-0 for the season, shutting out the Dallas Stars 1-0 on Sunday. Dallas got 31 saves from rookie goalie Cristopher Nilstorp in his NHL debut, but could not muster any offense in the Stars' first road game of the season. Parise, the NHL's most talked-about free...
from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated,
Sure, hockey-crazed Minnesota has yearned for a successful team in the NHL, but a winning Wild would also be just as good for the league as it tries to recover from the long lockout that bruised its image. While Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles have won the last three Stanley Cup titles, Minnesota is hockey's answer to Green Bay...
Led by star newcomers Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild are looking to complete a perfect season-opening homestand and continue their best start in four years.
To do so, they'll have to knock off Suter's former team, the Nashville Predators, who begin their road schedule Tuesday night trying to shake off back-to-back shootout losses.
Minnesota (2-0-0) is enjoying...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter weren't the only players making their Minnesota Wild debuts Saturday night.
Mikael Granlund, the Finnish sensation who is one of the top prospects in hockey, played his first-ever NHL game and scored his first goal. Granlund, Minnesota's first-round pick in the 2009 draft, is in his first pro season in North America and he had...
Let’s start with the pre-game coverage because it bothered me. Before we even get to the broadcast, NBC cuts to an interview between Salvador and Brian Engblom and all he’s interest is the team’s mindset now that Parise is in Minnesota. In fact, according to Engblom, the Devils have remained intact from last season except for the departure of Zach Parise. No mention...
Dallas Stars (1-0-0, 2pts) @ Minnesota Wild (1-0-0, 2 pts)
7:00 PM CT
Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(Delving) Into the Wild:
Minnesota made the biggest splash in free agency last summer (and was probably a huge reason why the lockout had to happen) with their gigantic signings of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.
Parise paid off immediately last night as...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild's fan base waited six months, through a long summer, and a long lockout, to see their newest players in action. On Saturday, they needed to wait another 20 minutes or so to see them truly perform. After a slow-starting first period, Dany Heatley scored a pair of power play goals -- both of them set up by Zach Parise -- as Minnesota'...
TUESDAY'S STORY LINE: After Niklas Backstrom's solid performance Saturday against Colorado, coach Mike Yeo said there was consideration given to throwing the goalie back in Sunday against Dallas. But the coaches decided to give Josh Harding his first start of the season instead.
"I think it is important early in this year that we give both guys a chance to get a feel...
from Pat Pickens of Sportsnet,
NHL defencemen and goaltenders will sleep a little easier Tuesday night, as one of the league’s quintessential crease-crashers, Tomas Holmstrom, will officially announce his retirement Tuesday afternoon, prior to theDetroit Red Wings’ home opener.
The 15-year Red Wings forward registered 530 points, many of which came at the front of the...
from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
Josh Harding has been a member of the Wild for nearly 11 years. But since revealing in November that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the goaltender feels this season is like "a tryout."
He's trying to prove to himself, the club and everybody else that he can "still do what I've been doing all my...