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Darcy Kuemper shuts out high-scoring Avalanche for 2nd straight game as Wild win 3-0

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DENVER - Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 shots for his second straight shutout of high-scoring Colorado and Jason Zucker scored his first goal since January, helping the Minnesota Wild beat the Avalanche 3-0 on Saturday night.

Charlie Coyle also scored and Zach Parise added an empty-netter for the Wild, who spoiled the Avalanche home opener two days after routing Colorado 5-0 in Minnesota.

The Avalanche were one of the top scoring teams in the league last season, but haven't been able to get anything past Kuemper in six periods.

In back-to-back games against their Central Division rival, the Wild have outshot the Avs 82-46.

Zucker scored in the second period, his first goal since Jan. 16. He had surgery to fix a tendon in his quadriceps in March and missed the rest of the season.

Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves for the Avalanche.

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