Former New Jersey Devils captain, Zach Parise, scored his first goal as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
It didn’t take long for Parise who sat out of the first four months of the season to get on the board. In his third game of the season, Parise scored a significant goal for the burgundy and blue.
The Avalanche fell behind 3-0 quickly as Carolina Hurricanes forward Martin Necas registered a natural hat-trick in the first period. However, goaltending was apparently optional in Carolina on Thursday and Parise kickstarted the Avalanche’s comeback.
Zach Parise in burgundy and blue.
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On an odd-man rush, Logan O’Connor provided Parise with a backhanded pass, and the former Devils captain got just enough of the puck up and over Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov to put the Avalanche on the board.
Just five seconds later, the Avalanche won the faceoff draw and Sam Girard fired a knuckle puck from the red line that bounced past Kochetkov and in. It was the fastest two goals in Avalanche franchise history.
The series of five goals between the Avalanche and the Hurricanes all unfolded in the opening 20 minutes of the period.
Parise has now registered at least one goal in 19 straight seasons.
The former Devil sat on the sideline at the start of the 2023-24 season. He played with the New York Islanders for the last two seasons. It was a surprise to see Parise sign with the Avalanche after the 39-year-old forward claimed it was “Islanders or nowhere” after his contract ran out last spring.
Parise signed with the Avalanche on Jan. 26th in pursuit of claiming his first-ever Stanley Cup.