St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Mikko Koivu scored two goals and Ryan Suter collected three assists, as the Minnesota Wild topped the road-weary Colorado Avalanche, 5-3, in the opener of a home-and-home set.
Devin Setoguchi, Torrey Mitchell and Jonas Brodin also lit the lamp for the Wild, who have won three of their last four games. Zach Parise and Matt Cullen each had two helpers, while Niklas Backstrom finished with 29 saves.
PA Parenteau had two goals for Colorado, which has gone 0-5-3 in its last nine games away from Pepsi Center.
Semyon Varlamov, who is still winless on the road this season, made 35 saves.