Apr 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) collides into Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) in the third period during game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild LW Zach Parise roughed up by Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden (GIF)


The Colorado Avalanche held serve in the first two games of their series with the Minnesota Wild taking a 2-0 series lead into Game 3 at Minnesota and Wild captain Zach Parise is playing with a no holds barred approach, even taking on 6-4 Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden.

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Despite giving five inches and 12 pounds, Parise didn’t give up any ground in this exchange that figures to see a lot of physicality with the Wild playing a bit desperate as they need to win against the No. 1 seed Avalanche to avoid falling down 3-0 in the series.

At the end of the second intermission, both teams are in a scoreless tie at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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