Zach Parise played a key role on the New Jersey Devils’ team that reached the Stanley Cup Final last spring. Apparently, he still feels the sting of losing to the Kings in six games. Parise signed with the Minnesota Wild during the offseason and got a chance to exact a little payback during his new team’s shootout win over the Kings on Saturday night.
“You get some flashbacks to what happened last year,” Parise told reporters in St. Paul, Minn., after scoring his 15th goal of the season to help lift the Wild to a 4-3 shootout win over the Kings. “It’s a new team and a new place, but you definitely have some feelings coming back of the torture from last year.”
Of the Kings, Parise added, “I think that’s probably the best team we’ve played. I think they had a tough start, the usual Cup hangover, but they’re playing really well of late, and they’re dangerous. To get a win against them is really big because you know that’s a team that’s going to be there in the end.”