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Minnesota Wild 3 Columbus Blue Jackets 0; CBJ lack of energy is costly


52,069 Charlie Coyle center Minn Wild The win helps team get back on track

52,070 Charlie Coyle center Minn Wild Penalty Kill was a key plenty of hard work

52,072 Charlie Coyle center Minn Wild Team plays better when getting lead first in game

52,080 Niklas Backstrom goalie Minn Wild The team bottled up Columbus on defense all night



52,081 Jack Johnson CBJ defenseman Two power play goals by Wild, how tough was that to overcome

52,082 Jack Johnson CBJ defenseman What went wrong versus Minnesota tonight

52,085 Todd Richards CBJ coach Specialty teams were the keys in the loss tonight

52,086 Todd Richards CBJ coach Could not get anything going vs. Wild. Team hadn’t played a game like this in awhile

(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

For the past two months, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been in every game and have played playoff-style hockey which this town has been waiting for since the last playoff berth four years ago.

But on Sunday night in a key matchup versus Minnesota, they lacked energy and it cost them dearly.

The Wild used their energy to score two power-play goals in a 3-0 shutout before a dazed crowd of 15,909 at Nationwide Arena.

The loss ended the Blue Jackets’ 12-game home points streak (9-0-3), which is a franchise record.

The loss also hurt their playoff chances. The CBJ remain four points behind Detroit for the eighth playoff spot in the West and only nine games remaining in the season.

Columbus never really tested Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom with only 24 shots on goal.


* RYAN SUTER, WILD Defenseman, played 31 minutes and scored a goal

*  NIKLAS BACKSTROM, WILD Goaltender, encountered an easy night facing just 24 shots

* JASON POMINVILLE,WILD Right Wing, scored a goal and an assist

Blue Jackets beat Wild on Umberger’s short-handed goal, 3-2

Usually when the Blue Jackets have a goal that is under review whether it’s their own or the opponents, the worst is expected. That the goal will go against the team.

Saturday night, they got one to go their way.

R.J. Umberger’s short-handed goal with a little more than nine minutes remaining in the game, gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minnesota.

R.J. Umberger (

Brett Burns had a power-play goal, Cal Clutterbuck also scored for Minnesota, and Martin Havlat aided with two assists. Niklas Backstrom (1-2-1) made 22 saves.

Columbus took a 1-0 lead 13:34 into the game when Derek Dorsett scored his first goal of the season. Dorsett pushed in a rebound of a shot from the left circle by Kris Russell.

The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead at 9:33 of the second period. forward Derick Brassard found Derek MacKenzie wide open just to the right of Backstrom. MacKenzie fired the puck into the net.

Minnesota, who entered the contest as the NHL’s most efficient team on the power play this season, tied the game at 2 on an even-strength goal. Clutterbuck knocked in the rebound of Havlat’s shot with 3:17 left in the second period.

The goal was the Wild’s second 5-on-5 goal of the season and its first in 218 minutes of game action. Minnesota’s only other 5-on-5 goal came in the first period of their opener against Carolina in Finland.


* The crowd of 17,336 fans was the first non-capacity crowd for a regular-season game in franchise history. The team had announced during the preseason that its sellout streak had ended.

* The Minnesota Wild has announced its all-First Decade team:

Forwards Andrew Brunette, Marian Gaborik and Mikko Koivu.

Defensemen were Nick Schulz and Brent Burns with the goalie being Niklas Backstrom.

compiled from staff, Columbus Blue Jackets & Minnesota Wild news

Blue Jackets beat Minnesota second time in 3 days behind Moreau & Pahlsson

The Columbus Blue Jackets are starting to become accustomed to head coach Scott Arniel’s fast-paced style of hockey.

Ethan Moreau and Samuel Pahlsson each had a goal and an assist to lead the Blue Jackets to a 4-2 exhibition win over the winless Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

The Wild are really struggling as the Blue Jackets beat them for the second time in three days.

Ethan Moreau (NHL)

Scott Arniel feels that the team is getting the system down and the Minnesota game was the best he’d seen all preseason.

Fedor Tytutin and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Blue Jackets who are now 3-3.

Antii Miettinen and Matt Cullen scored for the Wild who are now 0-4-2 in the preseason. Minnesota finished 13th in the Western Conference last year after getting into the playoffs several years in a row.

Columbus was basically in control to whole game even when the Wild cut the lead to 2-1 in the second period on Miettinen’s goal. But Pahlsson snuck the puck past goalie Niklas Backstrom and Voracek scored at minute-and-0ne second later to seal the game.

compiled from staff, NHL & Columbus Blue Jackets news

Blue Jackets rally past winless Minnesota Wild in shootout, 3-2

The star of last night’s Columbus Blue Jackets game was the play of Nikita Filatov.

Filatov scored in regulation and the shootout to help rally the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 preseason victory over winless Minnesota on Tuesday night in Columbus.

David Leneveu stopped the last two Wild shooters in the shootout to preserve the win.

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Columbus, now 2-3 during preseason, trailed 2-0 but got pulled even on Nick Holden’s shot from the point which went through traffic midway through the third period. Filatov scored on a power-play goal from the left circle earlier in the third period.

Other Blue Jackets stars in the win include Kristian Huselius who scored in the shootout, Anton Stralman registered two assists in regulation. Goaltender Mathieu Garon played the first 30 minutes, allowing one goal on 15 shots.

The Wild fall to 0-3-2 in the preseason, received goals from Matt Cullen and Eric Nystrom in the second period. Niklas Backstrom went the entire game in goal, stopping 31 shots.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets