FINAL
PIT
3
PHI
1
FINAL
OTT
4
WPG
1
FINAL
CHI
5
LAK
2
FINAL
NYR
1
BOS
3
FINAL
TOR
2
MTL
1
FINAL
NJD
2
NYI
1
FINAL
WSH
3
TBL
6
FINAL
CAR
1
FLA
5
FINAL
DET
0
STL
6
FINAL SO
CBJ
3
NSH
2
FINAL
PHX
3
DAL
4
FINAL
COL
2
MIN
4
FINAL
ANA
7
VAN
3

Heatley steals show in Wild win over Avalanche

Dan Myers  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With all the talk surrounding the Minnesota Wild debuts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, it was Dany Heatley who stole the show at Saturday's season opener.

The veteran forward scored a pair of goals, including the 350th of his career, as the Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,298 at Xcel Energy Center, the sixth-largest turnout in franchise history.

Parise was pretty good too. Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped a close-in shot by Parise early in the second period, 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 one to make it 3-1 at 10:01.

"I was smiling the day we signed these guys and I'm still smiling," Heatley said. "They've added a huge element to our team."

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

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.

"We got a little lucky there, a couple of pucks, couple of scrambles," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "As quick as it was, our start was pretty good. But after a couple shifts, we were on our toes. They scored and we got derailed."

The Avs jumped ahead 2:07 into the game when John 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. Backstrom played a big role in that by making 11 saves.

"He made some huge saves," Heatley said.

Avs coach Joe Sacco said the inability to get another goal while dominating play was costly.

"The start was everything we hoped for," Sacco said. "We came out, we were skating, we played a simple game, putting the puck behind their D. We had some chances to make it 2-0 and we weren't able to capitalize.

"There's no question, penalties on us changed the momentum of that game. Before that, everything was going pretty good, we were in control and in charge. Gotta stay out of the box."

Cody 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 the right post.

Less than two minutes later, Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard buried a rebound of his own shot from the bottom of the left circle for some insurance.

"This was a long time coming, this game," Yeo said. "This lockout, especially here in Minnesota, with the excitement there's been around here, it was good to get a win for our fans."

Despite allowing four goals, Varlamov was superb in goal, stopping 31 shots. Backstrom made 25 saves.

Minnesota will host Dallas on Sunday evening in the second of back-to-back games for both teams. The Stars defeated Phoenix 4-3 in Dallas on Saturday.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:07COL John Mitchell (1) ASST: Steve Downie (1), Milan Hejduk (1) 1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
03:26MIN PPG - Dany Heatley (1) ASST: Zach Parise (1), Mikko Koivu (1) 1 - 1 Tie
04:19MIN Mikael Granlund (1) ASST: Jared Spurgeon (1), Devin Setoguchi (1) 2 - 1 MIN
10:01MIN PPG - Dany Heatley (2) ASST: Zach Parise (2), Mikko Koivu (2) 3 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
05:09COL Cody McLeod (1) ASST: Mark Olver (1), Greg Zanon (1) 3 - 2 MIN
18:25MIN Pierre-Marc Bouchard (1) ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (1), Kyle Brodziak (1) 4 - 2 MIN
Three Stars of the Game
Dany Heatley
1st
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 22:12
Mikael Granlund
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:49
Zach Parise
3rd
G: 0Shots: 8
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 23:09
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:28MIN Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
02:28MIN Zenon Konopka  Interference against  Cody McLeod
02:28COL Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
09:05MIN Ryan Suter  Tripping against  Jamie McGinn
2nd Period
02:17COL Steve Downie  Cross checking against  Kyle Brodziak
06:22COL Steve Downie  Roughing against  Jared Spurgeon
06:22COL Steve Downie  Cross checking against  Jared Spurgeon
08:25COL Ryan O'Byrne  Holding the stick against  Zach Parise
13:27MIN Cal Clutterbuck  Holding against  Jamie McGinn
17:15COL Jan Hejda  Hi stick - double minor against  Zenon Konopka
3rd Period
10:46COL John Mitchell  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
shots by period
PeriodCOLMIN
1st125
2nd518
3rd1012
Total2735
Team Stats
CategoryCOLMIN
Power Plays0/32/7
Hits2619
Faceoff Wins2732
Giveaways59
Takeaways33
Blocked Shots1018
Penalty Minutes1911
  • COLORADO
  • MINNESOTA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3R. O'ByrneD0000218:32
4G. ZanonD0111017:45
6E. JohnsonD00-14022:40
7J. MitchellC1012215:43
8J. HejdaD0001417:35
9M. DucheneC0001020:19
11J. McGinnL00-23015:41
15P. ParenteauR0001016:37
23M. HejdukR0110013:03
26P. StastnyC00-21019:33
27S. DownieR0111612:52
40M. OlverC011007:43
41T. BarrieD0011016:57
44R. WilsonD00-12021:08
54D. JonesR00-22018:28
55C. McLeodL101258:56
58P. BordeleauL001205:10
92G. LandeskogL0003019:54
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1S. Varlamov3135.88658:36
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4C. StonerD0010018:33
7M. CullenC00-12017:13
9M. KoivuC02-13022:44
10D. SetoguchiR0101015:14
11Z. PariseL02-18023:09
14D. PoweC0012010:18
15D. HeatleyL20-15022:12
17T. MitchellC000105:20
20R. SuterD00-11227:05
21K. BrodziakC0110015:55
22C. ClutterbuckR0114212:41
28Z. KonopkaC000075:19
39N. ProsserD0000012:10
44J. FalkD0000012:24
46J. SpurgeonD01-12022:10
64M. GranlundC1002014:49
77T. GilbertD0010020:45
96P. BouchardC1014016:22
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32N. Backstrom2527.92659:37