Despite scoring first, Colorado could not stop Dany Heatley on the power play in the second period as the Avs fell 4-2 to the Wild in the season opener.
Heatley scored twice on the man advantage in the three-goal second period for Minnesota. The Wild went 2-for-8 on the power play while Colorado did not score in three chances.
Semyon Varlamov was able to keep Minnesota at bay until three minutes into the second. After Downie was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking Kyle Brodziak. Heatley wristed the puck past Varlamov on a pass from Parise.
Less than a minute later, rookie sensation Mikael Granlund tipped a shot from Jared Spurgeon his first career.
Heatley lit the lamp for a second time, this time it was on a deflection from a Parise shot. Downie was serving a penalty for roughing and Ryan O'Byrne was right beside him with a holding the stick minor.
Colorado was able to close the gap to one with a goal by Cody McLeod five minutes into the third. Mark Oliver and newcomer Greg Zanon got the helpers.
The Avalanche almost tied the game but the shot from Downie at the wide open net rang off the goal post. But Pierre-Marc Bouchard buried home a rebound two minutes later to seal the victory for Minnesota.
Colorado looks to rebound Tuesday in their opener against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
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