NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Minnesota

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St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley tallied a pair of power play goals and Zach Parise added two assists in his Wild debut, as the new-look Minnesota Wild earned a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter were both part of Minnesota's offseason overhaul, as the Wild signed the pair to matching 13-year, $98 million contracts on July 4.

Mikael Granlund and Pierre-Marc Bouchard notched a goal apiece, while Mikko Koivu finished with two assists for the Wild, who missed the playoffs for a fourth straight year last season.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots in the victory.

John Mitchell and Cody McLeod each scored for the Avalanche, who missed the postseason for the fourth time in six seasons last year. Semyon Varlamov allowed all four goals on 35 shots.

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