— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) March 12, 2014
By Nick Stoico
It was a special night in St. Paul for two Minnesota Wild skaters: Zach Parise played in his 600th NHL game, which also happened to be Matt Cooke’s 1,000th.
Parise celebrated his milestone in style, putting the Wild on the board and adding an assist in a three-goal outburst in a 4:18 span in the first period against the Edmonton Oilers. It was the 22nd tally of the season for the Minneapolis native who is in his second season with the Wild after spending his first seven in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils. Parise is second on the team in goals and points (40) despite playing in just 49 of Minnesota’s 65 games thus far this season. (Unfortunately, the Wild couldn’t hold the lead and lost, 4-3, in a shootout.)