You could call this Minnesota Wild’s Zach Parise’s best week ever. He grabbed eight points, was named Captain of Team USA and now Parise is being named 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 now have a highly productive line.
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.