Avalanche Blanked 5-0 In Season Opener

October 10, 2014 3:57 AM

Avalanche Blanked 5-0 In Season Opener
" ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Zach Parise scored one of Minnesota’s four goals in the second period and assisted on two others, helping the Wild overwhelm Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 in the season opener Thursday night.

Jason Pominville scored in the first period on one of Mikael Granlund’s two assists and helped set up a goal by Jared Spurgeon in the second. Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Suter scored, too, prompting chants of “Sieve! Sieve! Sieve!” from the fired-up overflow crowd. Varlamov, who gave up five goals on 38 shots, was replaced by Reto Berra for the third period.

The Wild finished with 48 shots on goal, setting a team record for the 14-year-old franchise. They had 47 in a loss at Colorado on Dec. 21, 2002.

Darcy Kuemper made 16 saves for the Wild in his fourth career shutout, including one in the playoffs last spring against the Avalanche.

For the defending Central Division champion Avalanche, coming off a franchise-record 52 wins, this was a stunningly flat start. Or maybe the Wild were just that good. They squelched all four power plays, holding the Avalanche without a single shot on net "

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