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Updated: February 3rd, 2014 11:50am
Zach Parise wraps up a memorable week with distinction from the NHL

Zach Parise wraps up a memorable week with distinction from the NHL

by Derek Wetmore
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Zach Parise just wrapped up a pretty memorable week. He grabbed eight points and was named Captain of Team USA to boot. The NHL on Monday recognized Parise as the league's first star of the week.

His three goals and five assists only translated to a 1-1-1 record for the Wild, but they might have stumbled into a highly productive line.

Pairing Parise with winger Jason Pominville around center Mikael Granlund might be a line to continue trotting out, even when center Mikko Koivu returns.

From the team's release:

Parise began the week by tallying the game-winning goal plus two assists in a 4-2 win at Anaheim Jan. 28, handing the Ducks their second regulation loss in 25 home starts.

He recorded a season-high four points (2-2--4) and nine shots in a 5-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Jan. 30 and notched an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames Feb. 1. Parise also was named captain of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team on Jan. 31. The 29-year-old Minneapolis native, who served as an alternate captain for the silver medal-winning U.S. team at Vancouver in 2010, has recorded 35 points (18-17--35) in 42 games with the Wild this season.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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