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Wild Dominate Avalanche in Season Opener

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Oct 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Four goals in the second-period propelled the Minnesota Wild to a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in front of 19,098 fans inside the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.

Jason Pominville, who scored a hat-trick in the Wild's fourth preseason game last week, started the scoring at 14:54 of the first period after Varlamov stopped the Wild's first 14 shots. The Wild outshot the Avalanche 17-5 in the first period, a stat that later helped it to set the single game franchise record for shots at 48.

The second-period featured four goals. Jared Spurgeon started the scoring at 4:37 of the period and Zach Parise netted one 2:25 later. Nino Niederreiter, who ended the Avalanche's season last year with a Game 7 overtime goal, added to the Wild's lead before Ryan Suter sent a slapshot past Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 3:02 left.

Colorado head coach Patrick Roy pulled Varlamov after two periods and backup goaltender Reto Berra stepped in the crease to stop the Wild's 10 third-period shots, but the Avalanche were unable to get anything past Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who starts his new season with a shutout.

The Wild and the Avalanche will rematch on Saturday in Colorado. The drop of the puck is scheduled for 8:00 p.m..

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