ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ka-ching!
Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter put the stamp on an all-Wild, three-goal, 19-shot second period Thursday night by teaming for an electrifying highlight-reel goal in an exciting 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
The goal by Koivu, which came after a beautiful give-and-go between Parise and Suter, amounted to the eventual winning goal and let's just say provided owner Craig Leipold a bang for his many bucks.
The trio earn $243.25 million in long-term contracts.
Rookie Jonas Brodin also scored his first goal in the NHL, Torrey Mitchell and Devin Setoguchi each scored goals, Koivu added an empty-netter, and Ryan Suter assisted on three goals and Matt Cullen and Parise two each as the Wild responded impressively to Tuesday's disappointing loss to Anaheim.
Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves. The Wild completes the home-and-home in Denver on Saturday afternoon. P.A. Parenteau scored twice for Colorado.
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