Minnesota Wild complete sweep of opening weekend games
After recording two assists in the opener Saturday, the Minneapolis native rifled a one-time shot as a 4-on-3 power play expired past Christopher Nilstorp to score the only goal in the Wild victory. Parise's first goal as a member of the Wild came against the same organization that his dad for for played many years. He has had success against the Stars in his career.
"It felt to get one early in the season," Parise said. "We need to play (the Stars) more often I guess. I don't know what it is. There are some teams you seem to play against."
Parise and Pierre-Marc Bouchard worked a two-man passing play as former Wild forward Eric Nystrom was without a stick. Nystrom was the second Star player to have his stick break while the Wild had the man advantage.
Dany Heatley also assisted on the goal to extend his scoring streak to 10 games dating back to last season.
The always energetic free agent signing played with speed, physicality and shot blocking. He is doing all the little things through two games for the Wild.
"For me that is part of the way I play," Parise said. "Try to get stick on puck and do the things away from the puck. I know it's cliche, but the things that don't show up on the scoresheet, but they're things, in my opinion, that are just as important as scoring goals.
"I've played this game in this league long enough to know what works for me. When I'm not moving my feet, I'm not playing hard like that. I don't play as well."
Josh Harding recorded his seventh career shutout by stopping all 24 shots he faced, including a shorthanded opportunity by Ray Whitney with one minute and 10 seconds remaining in the game.
The Wild (2-0) made life easy for the southpaw goaltender by blocking 26 shot attempts, led by Tom Gilbert's seven, and keeping the Stars out of the high-percentage scoring areas.
"What the (defensemen) and forwards did in the defensive zone was impressive tonight," Harding said.
Both teams entered the game in the second night of back-to-backs. The Stars (1-1) won their opener in Dallas.
No. 3 – Tom Gilbert. The Wild defenseman led all players with seven blocked shots.
No. 2 – Josh Harding. The Wild goaltender stopped all 24 shots sent his way, including a point-blank shorthanded shot by Ray Whitney with just over one minute remaining.
No. 1 – Zach Parise. The Wild forward scored the game's only goal.
Dallas 0 0 0 – 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 – 1
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Parise 1 (Bouchard, Heatley), 8:11. Penalties – Koivu, Min (tripping), :59; Goligoski, Dal (delay of game - closing hand on puck), 6:11; Suter, Min (tripping), 6:18; Jagr, Dal (holding), 6:47; Cullen, Min (charging), 12:59.
Second Period – None. Penalties – Brodziak, Min (tripping), 18:40.
Third Period – None. Penalties – Robidas, Dal (interference), 9:02; Bouchard, Min (goaltender interference), 9:02; Daley, Dal (high sticking), 17:59.
Shots on goal – Dallas 8-11-5 24. Minnesota 11-10-11 32.
Goalies – Dallas, Nilstorp (31-32). Minnesota, Harding (24-24). A – 18,296. Referees – Wes McCauley, Gord Dwyer. Linesmen – Brad Lazarowich, Brian Murphy.