Colorado Springs News, Sports & Business

Gazette Premium Content Sloppiness, penalties cost Avs in season-opening 4-2 loss at Wild

Staff reports Updated: January 19, 2013 at 12:00 am
Staff reports Updated: January 19, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: January 19, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. • Dany Heatley had two power-play goals on assists from new teammate Zach Parise, and the offense-enhanced Wild surged into their much-anticipated season with a 4-2 victory Saturday over the Avalanche. Mikael Granlund also scored for the Wild in his first NHL appearance,...

You've reached your 4 FREE premium stories for this 30 day period*

To continue reading please register for FREE below.

or
*A 30 day rolling period starts the day you first visit the site.
Are you a subscriber and having trouble viewing stories?
Advertisement

ST. PAUL, Minn. • Dany Heatley had two power-play goals on assists from new teammate Zach Parise, and the offense-enhanced Wild surged into their much-anticipated season with a 4-2 victory Saturday over the Avalanche.

Mikael Granlund also scored for the Wild in his first NHL appearance, Pierre-Marc Bouchard had a late goal in his first game in more than a year and Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves.

John Mitchell scored early in his debut for the Avalanche and Cody McLeod cut the lead to one with 14:51 remaining, but they were done in during a penalty-ridden second period that had goalie Semyon Varmalov on his heels.

Varmalov made several tricky saves, denying Matt Cullen, Parise and Heatley. But the Wild stayed patient, passing the puck until picking their shooting spots.

Comment Policy
Colorado Springs Gazette has disabled the comments for this article.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement