WILD’S PARISE HITS 700 POINTS, HELPS OUT A TEAM­MATE

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Zach Parise hit an­other mile­stone in his dis­tin­guished ca­reer Thurs­day night. He was more pleased about help­ing team­mate Nico Nieder­re­iter out of a pro­longed scor­ing drought.

Parise had a goal and an as­sist to reach 700 points and Nieder­re­iter scored after 22 reg­u­lar-sea­son games be­tween goals dat­ing back to March in the Min­nesota Wild’s 3-1 win over the Kings in Los An­ge­les.

“Every scorer has been there,” Parise said.

“It’s a tough time. I’m happy for him that he got it over with and he can move on.”

Parise is the fifth player born in Min­nesota with 700 ca­reer points, and his 339 ca­reer goals are the most among ac­tive Amer­i­can-born play­ers.

“It’s al­ways nice to hit milestones,” Parise said.

Bru­ins: Goal­tender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of ab­sence from the team for a per­sonal mat­ter.

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