DENVER — Zach Parise got his 800th NHL point with a goal in the second period, and the Minnesota Wild won their fourth straight game with a 6-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on Wednesday.
Nico Sturm scored his first two goals of the season, Mats Zuccarello, Marcus Foligno and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and an assist, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 30 saves for Minnesota (10-6-0).
Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves for Colorado (9-6-1), which has lost two in a row for the first time this season.
Zuccarello gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 9:44 of the first period, scoring short side from along the goal line after receiving a pass from Kirill Kaprizov on a 3-on-1.
Compher tied it 1-1 at 7:21 of the second period when he shot glove side on a rush.
Parise put Minnesota in front 2-1 at 12:31 on a redirection of Matt Dumba‘s shot from the point, and Foligno made it 3-1 with a shorthanded goal at 15:11 with a shot from the high slot after Hartman won a puck battle along the left boards.
Kadri cut it to 3-2 at 3:00 of the third period with a one-timer off a pass from Mikko Rantanen on the power play, but Hartman converted a turnaround pass from Kaprizov to make it 4-2 at 11:56.
Sturm beat Grubauer five-hole on a breakaway at 12:59 to make it 5-2 before scoring an empty-net goal at 17:32 for the 6-2 final.