On opening night at the Pepsi Center, Parise reminded everyone why he was signed to a $98 million contract in Minnesota by completing the season's first hat trick against the Avs. Without his herculean efforts, the Wild would be answering a lot of questions today about how they came out flat and failed to defend their own zone against a team they have sterling record against over the last two seasons. Instead, there is celebration and positivity abounding in the State of Hockey.
Here's a look at the play:
Parise had now scored 2 unanswered goals and the Wild began to smell blood as the offense started to click and would eventually score 4 total goals in the third period to complete one of the biggest comebacks on the road in Wild history. To put it in perspective:
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