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Parise Shoots for History in a Familiar Place

Left wing will try for 300th career goal where his NHL career began

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

NEWARK, N.J. -- Sitting on the precipice of some personal history, Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will try to reach the 300-goal plateau in a familiar place.

Parise and the Wild open a four-game road trip Saturday night at the Prudential Center against the New Jersey Devils, the team with which Parise began his NHL career and played his first seven seasons in the League.

The veteran left winger has nearly scored No. 300 on several occasions already this season, including Thursday night against Toronto, when Eric Staal's game-winning goal slid right between Parise's legs and into the far corner of the net.

Video: Zach Parise on Career Goal No. 300

Parise also hit a post for the second consecutive game.

"I've come really close in all four games," Parise said. "I think the first three games, I didn't get enough shots on net. The last game was a little better. Still gotta get myself in a better shooting spot and maybe get an ugly one."

Parise, who has played mostly on a line with Staal and Charlie Coyle, is the only one of the three to not score a goal. Staal, who scored twice in the win on Thursday, has three goals while Coyle has two. 

"I like the way our line is playing," Parise said. "We're all getting good looks. It's there, it's going to come, just gotta keep shooting."

While Parise has yet to light the lamp, he carries a a three-game point streak into the game, having earned one assist in each of those contests.

Still, Parise said getting to 300 is not something he spends much time thinking about.

"It's not hanging over my head, honestly," Parise said. "It's one of those things, it's gonna happen. But you gotta earn it, I've gotta earn it. Get to the net a little more."

While reaching the milestone during the recent three-game homestand would have been ideal, there are few better places to make some history than in a place that still carries special meaning to Parise.

"I've always said it before, I really enjoyed my time here," Parise said. "Still have a lot of good friends here. When it's the first place you played, the team that drafted you, you always have excitement and some jitters coming back. It's nice to be back in this building.

"That'd be great [to score a goal on Saturday], a great place to do it, where it all started. That would be pretty special."

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