Heatley scores twice for Wild in 4-2 win vs. Avs

Heatley scores twice for Wild in 4-2 win vs. Avs
January 19, 2013, 11:53 pm
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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 19: Marcus Thornton #23 of the Sacramento Kings shoots against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena on January 19, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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 3 1/2 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.