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Parise: It was awesome to see Granlund score like that

Apr 21, 2014, 11:23 PM EDT

Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund returned from a lower-body injury for Game 1 of their first round series against the Colorado Avalanche. The 22-year-old needed some time to get back into the swing of things, but he showed what he was capable of in Game 3’s overtime period by outmaneuvering the Avalanche until he finally beat goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

“Granny was all over the puck…It was awesome to see him score like that,” Zach Parise said, per the Wild’s Twitter.

Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper added that it was “one of the biggest goals I’ve ever seen.”

Granlund put it into context though by pointing out that the Wild have yet another big game ahead of them. Colorado still has a 2-1 series lead going into Game 4 on Thursday.

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Avalanche’s Varlamov stops 45 shots, but Wild win in OT

  1. bballnut50 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Finally, that Russian goalie is basically a wall! At least we are back in it!

  2. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Good goal by Granny!! Domination by the Wild tonight. Nice to see there hard work pay off tonight!! GO WILD!!!

  3. tved12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    That was a pretty sweet goal by Granny. Glad to see him throwing pucks at the net tonight. He can be passive at times, always looking for the pass, but I loved what he did tonight. Great game Wild, keep that momentum rolling on Thursday!

  4. slickvb82 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Such a sick goal! Big win! GO WILD!

  5. peopletrains - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Granlund has been a different player since the Olympics. Wild were sloppy at times but glad to see they got it done.

    • ignath - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Thanks Teemu Selänne!

  6. wildfan247 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Granny was crashing the net like Zach normally does, no wonder Zach loved the goal. GO WILD!!!!

  7. clarke16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Kudos to Pominville too for getting the helper…

  8. bencia823 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    people are going to wan to say that Bobby Orr’s goal was better because they have fond memories of it, but when you compare both plays and ignore the context, it’s clear that this was better

  9. purpleguy - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Granlund returning from a “lower body injury” — I think the author is confused. Great goal by Granlund; however, I was worried he’d give himself another concussion running into the boards in his post-goal celebration.

    • tved12 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Lol, I thought the same thing when I watched the replay!

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