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Zach Parise scores in Wild’s preseason loss to Dallas

September 21, 2018

Wild winger Zach Parise had to wait more than five months to get back in game action after he was knocked out of the playoffs last season with a fractured sternum.

But Parise had no problem picking up exactly where he left off, scoring the Wilds lone goal in his preseason debut Thursday a 3-1 loss to the Stars at Xcel Energy Center. Back in his familiar spot on captain Mikko Koivus flank, Parise deflected a Koivu shot from the slot 14 minutes, 44 seconds into the second period to tie it at 1-1. Dating to 2017-18, it was the fourth straight game hes scored. Go back even further, and the 34-year-old has buried eight goals in his past eight appearances. That late-season outburst after missing the first half of 2017-18 as he recovered from back surgery that fixed a herniated disc causing leg pain and weakness was impressive, with Parise notching 15 goals in just 42 regular-season games. It also made his absence in the playoffs sting even more for the Wild, as Parise had tallied a goal in each of the first three games of that 4-1 series loss to the Jets before he was injured late in Game 3 after getting sandwiched between two Jets players. Preseason production can be taken with a grain of salt, but this was certainly an encouraging showing for Parise even if it came against a Stars lineup that was light on regulars. Dallas defenseman Miro Heiskanen opened the scoring at 5:31 of the first on a point shot, and center Justin Dowlings redirect at 15:54 of the third broke the tie before a Radek Faksa empty-netter at 19:32 to seal a 0-3 start for the Wild in exhibition play. Goalie Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves. Stars netminders Anton Khudobin and Colton Point combined for 26 stops.

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