With expectations of playoff berths amplified by a three-month work stoppage, Minnesota Wild fans were finally able to see newcomers Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in a setting other than a team scrimmage.

The delay was worth the wait.

Parise nearly set up a goal on his first shift, then followed with two assists, setting up Dany Heatley on both of his second-period goals. He also led all forwards and was second on the team in ice time with over 23 minutes and had eight shots on goal.

"I love the fact that I'm going to get to be up here as many times as I'm going to be and talk about how good he is," said Wild coach Mike Yeo. "The skill level, the speed… but for a small guy, I see him hold off guys and protect the puck. He's so strong. His work ethic is just relentless.

"I love how he attacks the net."