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game recap

Heatley steals show in Wild win over Avalanche

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 11:10 PM

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

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

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 wing scored a pair of goals, including the 350th of his career, in a 4-2 Wild win over the Colorado Avalanche in front of a sellout crowd at Xcel Energy Center.

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

Sandwiched was the first career goal of Wild center Mikael Granlund, who redirected a point shot by defenseman Jared Spurgeon 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.

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.

A Cody McLeod 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.

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

NOTES: Granlund's goal marked the second time in team history a Wild player scored in his NHL debut that also was a season opener. … Heatley's two power-play goals give him 131 since entering the League in 2002-03, two more than New Jersey Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk for the most in that span. … Saturday's attendance of 19,298 marked the sixth-largest crowd in Wild history.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:07
COL
John Mitchell (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Steve Downie (1), Milan Hejduk (1)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
03:26
MIN
PPG - Dany Heatley (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Zach Parise (1), Mikko Koivu (1)
1 - 1 Tie
04:19
MIN
Mikael Granlund (1) Tip-in - ASST: Jared Spurgeon (1), Devin Setoguchi (1)
2 - 1 MIN
10:01
MIN
PPG - Dany Heatley (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Zach Parise (2), Mikko Koivu (2)
3 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
05:09
COL
Cody McLeod (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Olver (1), Greg Zanon (1)
3 - 2 MIN
18:25
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (1), Kyle Brodziak (1)
4 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:28
MIN
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
02:28
MIN
Zenon Konopka  Interference against  Cody McLeod
02:28
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
09:05
MIN
Ryan Suter  Tripping against  Jamie McGinn
2nd Period
02:17
COL
Steve Downie  Cross checking against  Kyle Brodziak
06:22
COL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Jared Spurgeon
06:22
COL
Steve Downie  Cross checking against  Jared Spurgeon
08:25
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Holding the stick against  Zach Parise
13:27
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Holding against  Jamie McGinn
17:15
COL
Jan Hejda  Hi stick - double minor against  Zenon Konopka
3rd Period
10:46
COL
John Mitchell  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
goalie stats
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 35TOI: 58:36
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 27TOI: 59:37
Saves: 25EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1
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