Minnesota used four, second-period goals en route to a 5-0 shutout victory over Colorado on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,098 during the season opener at Xcel Energy Center. RW Jason Pominville, D Jared Spurgeon, LW Zach Parise, RW Nino Niederreiter and D Ryan Suter scored for Minnesota. G Darcy Kuemper made 16 saves to earn his third career shutout. The Wild continues its home-and-home season opener series in Colorado on Saturday at 8 p.m. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota outshot Colorado 48-16. The Wild’s 48 shots set a new franchise record for most shots ever in a single game. Minnesota recorded 21 shots in the second period, two shy of the franchise record for most shots in a single period (23 - 3/22/09 vs. EDM).
The Wild moved to 12-0-2 in home openers played at Xcel Energy Center. The 5-0 score marks the largest margin of victory in a season opener. The Wild earned its second shutout in a home opener since its 1-0 victory vs. Chicago in 2007.
Minnesota has posted a winning mark of 8-4-2 all-time in season openers (including a tie in 2001-02). The Wild is 8-1-1 all-time when opening the season as the home team (including a loss vs. Carolina to start the 2010-11 season in Helsinki, Finland). Minnesota played its third season opening game against Colorado as the home team moving to 3-0-0.
LW Zach Parise netted his 29th career three-point game with a goal and two assists. He earned a career-high plus-four. He ranked second on the Wild with 29 goals and 56 points in 67 games last season.
G Darcy Kuemper stopped all 16 shots faced in his first start of the season, earning his third career shutout. He is the youngest Wild goalie in franchise history to start a home opener.
RW Jason Pominville netted a goal and an assist to earn his 126th career multi-point game. He ranked T-2nd in the NHL with eight preseason points (3-5=8) and led the team in goals and points last season (30-30=60).
C Mikael Granlund notched two assists on the night to earn his eighth career multi-point game. He had a plus-four rating, previously topping a career-best plus-2 rating done five times. He has seven points (3-4=7) in five all-time games against Colorado.
D Ryan Suter tallied two points on the night (1-1=2). It’s his 53rd multi-point career game. He skated a game-high of 25:31. He led the NHL in TOI/game last season for the second consecutive year with a total of 29:25. It is the highest by a player since 2001-02 (Chris Pronger – 29:28). The blue liner skated at least 30 minutes in 37 games last year.
D Jared Spurgeon netted the Wild’s second goal. He scored 26 points (5-21=26) in 67 games last season. G Semyon Varlamov stopped 33-of-38 shots in two periods while G Reto Berra made 10 saves in relief.