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ST. Clearance Kobe Bryant Shoes . PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild could not have started the season stronger.This game was so good they found themselves acknowledging afterward they probably wont be able to repeat it.Zach Parise scored one of the Wilds four goals in the second period and assisted on two others, helping them overwhelm Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 Thursday night.We caught Colorado on an off night. Lets be honest: Theyre a much better team than that, Parise said.The franchise-record 48 shots on goal and the fourth career shutout for goalie Darcy Kuemper were nice, sure, but the Wild were already sounding a little anxious about having to face the Avalanche again two days later in Denver.To sit here and expect us to go and play 82 games like that, its not going to happen. And I can tell you, to play two games like that, its not going to happen, Wild coach Mike Yeo said. Were going to have to be ready for a different game. Thats still a very good hockey team. Thats still a team that won the division over there.For the Avalanche, coming off a franchise-record 52 wins, this was a stunningly flat start. They had four power plays and didnt put a single shot on net, finishing with just 16 for the game.Competing was the word that was missing in our game. We didnt engage. We avoided every battle. They were faster on every puck than we were, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said.Jason Pominville scored in the first period on one of Mikael Granlunds two assists and helped set up a goal by Jared Spurgeon in the second. Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Suter scored, too, prompting chants of Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! from the fired-up overflow crowd.Varlamov, who gave up five goals on 38 shots, was replaced by Reto Berra for the third period.Varly played great. There were a lot of point-blank chances that we know we cant give up, said right wing Jarome Iginla, the all-time leading scorer against the Wild who didnt attempt a shot.The Avalanche will surely be ready to redeem themselves in the rematch.Thats a tough game, but its nice that we dont have to wait too long. We get a chance to be a lot better than we were tonight, Iginla said.The end-to-end dominance by the Wild was reminiscent of Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal in April, when they outshot the Avalanche 78-34 to even the best-of-seven matchup they went on to win in overtime at Colorado in the decisive game.Except this time, the Wild turned those scoring chances into flashing red lights behind the net.Suter set up the first goal with a long lead pass that bounced beautifully off the boards to Granlund, whose shot off the rush was denied by Varlamov but became a rebound for Pominville to poke in.Then the Wild really poured it on after the first intermission. Parise was all over the ice as usual, jockeying with Jan Hejda for position to knock in the rebound of his own shot to put the Wild up 3-0 during a 4-on-4.Ryan Carter and Erik Johnson were given simultaneous roughing penalties for a scuffle around the Wild net that left Carter, who just signed with his home-state team this week, with a bloodied forehead and nose.But that was about all the fight the Avalanche showed on this night.The Wild improved to 12-0-2 in home openers. They had a tie in 2000, their inaugural game at Xcel Energy Center, and lost in a shootout last year.With 11 players in their 20-man lineup age 24 or younger, theres plenty left to prove, but with the poise and polish of leaders like Parise, Suter and Pominville, there are building blocks in place for a legitimate contender in a competitive conference.Granlund is centring the Parise-Pominville line, and they were cycling around the offensive zone so fast that Carter joked he was dizzy watching from the bench.Theyve got some of the faster guys in the league on their team, but it seemed like we were in their face through the neutral zone, Parise said. Thats five guys playing together. Its a good sign.Yeo has never been afraid to shuffle his lines, but that might be hard to do with this group.Thats a very confident group. Theyve got a lot of chemistry together and they read off each other very well a€” in all aspects of the game, too, Yeo said. 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The 22-year-old started his second game in place of the departed Rudy Gay, and made the most of it, scoring 24 points -- including a key three in the dying minutes -- to lift the revamped Toronto Raptors to a 108-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. "The main thing is staying focused so I can play at this level, Im really trying to just know my job, know my role and just make sure we have the chemistry going and keep winning," Ross said afterward. DeMar DeRozan poured in a game-high 27 points for Toronto (8-13) on what was a good night to be a Raptors swingman. "Talk about bouncy athletes," said Sixers coach Brett Brown. "You go with Ross and DeRozan, you take the athleticism plus they can come off screens and shoot like they do. Theyre hard guards, theyre really difficult people to defend. Those two guys had fantastic games throughout." Amir Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 12 points to go with 13 boards, and Kyle Lowry doled out a season-high 11 assists and added six points. Tony Wroten topped the Sixers (7-17) with 23 points. Evan Turner had 21 points, while Thaddeus Young finished with 18. The game marked the first action for Raptors newcomers Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and John Salmons since they were acquired in Mondays trade that sent Gay, plus Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento. Vasquez scored 12 points, while Patterson had five points and five boards and showed flashes of nice interior defence. "Theyre learning the system, learning to play with each other," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. "Learning where guys want the ball is huge. I thought they were a little tight playing tonight for the first time which is understandable, but I like what I saw. I think theyre going to mix in quite well." The Raptors almost coughed up an early 15-point lead several times during the game against their Atlantic Division rivals, but took an 83-76 lead into the fourth quarter in front of a crowd of 17,133 at Air Canada Centre. Johnson and Vasquez drained consecutive three-pointers to put Toronto up by 14 with just over seven minutes to go and the Raptors looked poised for an easy victory. But the Sixers battled back and a three by Turner with 2:10 to go pulled them within 100-96. A couple of nice passes on the Raptors next possession found Ross open in the corner, and he drained a three to give Toronto some breathing room, the basket pulling him to within two points of his career high. "That stopped the flow a little bit," Casey said. "His big three in the corner was huge.&quoot; Casey said the challenge for Ross is to maintain a high level of play -- easier said than done for a young player. Wholesale Kobe Bryant Shoes. . "Hes got to stay hungry, stay driven, stay consistent," the coach said. "Hes a talented young man but hes fighting consistency." DeRozan is doing his part to help Ross. "Youve seen it, Terrence definitely works hard," DeRozan said. "Every time we practise against each other in practice, I always go at him just to try to give him a lesson, give him the extra confidence when hes out there on the court." Lowry, meanwhile, played amid rumours he wasnt long for Toronto, with the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets believed to be the frontrunners to acquire the Raptors starting point guard. Lowry spoke candidly about the rumours after Friday mornings shootaround. "You see it every day, you see it whenever they update it and everyone talks about it," Lowry told reporters. "We joke about it a little bit, we make it more of a lighter type thing, dont make it a heavy hearted thing, make it a joke. "Hey, man, you still here? Make it a little bit lighter on the players in that situation." Lowry, whos in the final year of a contract that will pay him about US$6.2 million this year, admitted the speculation weighed on him. "Nobody can say it doesnt but at the same time, you have to know that this is a business, you have to know the situation that youre in, the situation that youre going to be in," he said. "You cant let it affect you too much because you still have to go out there and do a job and try to win for the team that youre playing for." Starting in place of the departed Gay, Ross scored 12 first-quarter points including a three that put the Raptors up by 11 less than three minutes into the game. Toronto closed out the quarter up 36-21. The three new Raptors started the second and the chemistry clearly wasnt there, as the Sixers opened the quarter with a 10-0 run. A pair of Wroten free throws pulled the visitors even with three-and-a-half minutes left in the half. The Raptors made just six field goals in the quarter, but held on to lead 56-48 at halftime. The Sixers chipped away at Torontos lead and pulled to within 76-74 with 1:35 to go. But Lowry grabbed a rebound and found a sprinting DeRozan with a court-long pass for a layup. The play seemed to inject some life into a sagging home team. On the Raptors final possession, Lowry grabbed his own rebound for a nice tip shot at the buzzer that gave Toronto an 83-76 lead heading into the fourth. NOTES: Chuck Hayes, also acquired from Sacramento in the trade, didnt dress as he was required to undergo baseline cardiac testing. . .The Raptors are in Chicago to face the Bulls on Saturday, then return home to host the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. ' ' '

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