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Continued: Souhan: Parise gives fans, management what they envisioned

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 29, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Parise had plenty of choices when he became a free agent two summers ago. He chose the Wild for location, yes, but also because he believed he was joining a team that could win.

While youngsters such as Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle have justified that assessment in this series, Parise and Suter are contractually obligated to lead this team.

Monday, Parise was all over the ice, throwing body checks that looked harder than usual, scrapping on the forecheck. His effort is never in doubt. What he has had to prove is that he can match up with other stars for this team.

Last year, the Wild was outclassed by the Blackhawks’ front-line players. In this series, Nathan MacKinnon has been the fastest and best player on the ice. Monday, though, was Parise’s night, a night during which he produced ugly goals and a picturesque ending.

 

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