Originally written January 20, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Dany Heatley scored a pair of power play goals -- both of them set up by Zach Parise -- as the Minnesota's new-look top line did its job in the season opener, powering the Wild to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. John Mitchell and Cody McLeod scored for the Avalanche, who failed to capitalize on an opening 20 minutes in which they out-shot Minnesota, 12-5, but only grabbed a one-goal lead. Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov denied Wild fans some great drama in the opening minute, knocking down a Parise tip after a shot from the blue line by defenseman Jared Spurgeon. On the next shift the Avalanche quieted the home crowd in earnest, as Mitchell poked Colorado's first shot on goal of the season under Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom for an early 1-0 lead. The Wild, after a lethargic first period, took advantage of Colorado running into penalty trouble in the middle stanza, scoring three times. Parise, who signed a $98 million free agent contract ...
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