Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

NHL: Heatley, Wild open season with win

Colorado Avalanche's Erik Johnson, left, tries to push Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise out of the way as Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov of Russia defends the net in the first period Saturday in St. Paul.

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

Mikael Granlund also scored for the Wild in his first NHL appearance, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard had a late goal in his first game in more than a year to help make the amped-up crowd of 19,298 forget all about the 119-day lockout that delayed the opener by 3½ months.

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

Advertisement