Wild Earn Point, Lose In Shootout To Bluejackets
Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson scored in a shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday.
The Blue Jackets won their third straight and pulled even with Detroit and Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 45 points.
The Wild dropped their third straight and were left clinging to a two-point lead over the Red Wings, Stars and Blue Jackets with 47 points.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots while Vinny Prospal and Fedor Tyutin each scored for Columbus.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota, and Niklas Backstrom had 20 saves.
Pominville's third-period goal made it 2-all after the Wild offense had controlled most of the game but struggled to solve Bobrovsky, who was brilliant.
The Wild broke a 137-minute scoring drought late in the first period when Bouchard tipped the puck after Brett Clark sent it toward the net from the left circle. The puck went off Jack Johnson's skate past Bobrovsky, and Bouchard was credited with his fifth goal of the season to put Minnesota up 1-0 at 15:59.
Prospal tied it nearly four minutes into the second off a pretty backhand pass from Brandon Dubinsky from behind the net.
Two minutes later, Tyutin put Columbus up 2-1 with a slap shot from the left circle at 6:18.
Notes: Things got heated in the opening seconds when Brandon Dubinsky went at Wild C Charlie Coyle for leveling Artem Anisimov with his shoulder. Coyle was assessed a match penalty and ejected, and Dubinsky was given a 10-minute major for instigating. Anisimov did not return to the game. The fight was the first of Coyle's NHL career. ... Tyutin played in his 600th game of his career. ... Wild C Matt Cullen (lower body), F Dany Heatley (shoulder) and C Zenon Konopka all sat out injured. Earlier in the day, Cullen practiced for the first time since getting hurt April 1. ... Columbus F and former Wild star Marian Gaborik was booed in pregame introductions and nearly every time he touched the puck.
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