ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- On a night when each goalie was at the top of his game, it took a video review to decide the winner.
Ryan Johansen scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the
Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on
Johansen's shot initially was ruled a rebound, but a video review
showed that Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper did not touch the puck, making it a
legal shootout goal.
"Good job, Toronto," Johansen said, referring to the video review
team in the NHL offices. "I knew I scored. I just didn't know what they
were talking about at first."
The shootout capped a night of brilliant goaltending from the Blue
Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky and Minnesota's Kuemper. Bobrovsky, last
year's Vezina Trophy winner, stopped 32 of 33 shots through overtime,
while Kuemper finished with 28 saves.
In three games at the Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) Center, Bobrovsky is 3-0 and has allowed just four goals on 90 shots.
"I don't know what it is," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "I
don't know if it's being in Minnesota, or if there's something in this
building, (but it) certainly looks like he's comfortable playing in this
building, and he's the main reason why we got two points tonight."
In the shootout, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu put Minnesota ahead 2-0,
but Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu rallied the Blue Jackets with goals
and Bobrovsky shut down the Wild the rest of the way to set up
The Wild wrapped up a four-game homestand with a 1-0-3 record. Losing
three shootouts in a week could have left a sour taste in their mouths,
but coach Mike Yeo chose to focus on the positives after the game.
"You lose in a shootout and it paints an ugly picture. I'm actually
happy with the way our guys battled in this game," said Yeo, whose team
increased its lead over Dallas to five points in the race for seventh
place in the Western Conference. "I thought we generated some great
quality chances tonight. I thought we defended hard."
On a night that featured just two regulation goals and one penalty,
it took almost 40 minutes for somebody to score. Columbus finally broke
through on a goal by Dalton Prout with 21.6 seconds to play in the
second period. Prout took a pass from Jack Johnson at the top of the
slot and fired a slap shot that deflected off Wild defenseman Jonas
Brodin's knee and past Kuemper.
The Wild tied it 3:12 into the third period on Jason Pominville's
team-leading 25th goal. Parise chased down a loose puck behind Columbus'
net and slipped a pass out front to Pominville, who beat Bobrovsky on
his glove side to make it 1-1.
Bobrovsky kept it tied with a pair of sterling saves on Charlie Coyle
and Kyle Brodziak midway through the third. Coyle jumped on a funny hop
off the end boards for a clear shot that Bobrovsky turned away, and
later in the same shift Brodziak deflected a blast from the point that
the Columbus goalie smothered.
Meanwhile, the Wild's rookie goalie kept them in the game. Kuemper
denied Derek MacKenzie from point-blank range and steered away or
swallowed up anything the Blue Jackets sent his way.
"When you're seeing the goalie down there making saves, you don't
want that to be the difference," Kuemper said. "You want to do your job
as well. So you just try to go with him, stop for stop."
Bobrovsky's biggest save of the night might have been one that didn't
even count. With just under 2 minutes left in regulation, Parise
centered the puck from the left boards. Blue Jackets forward Nathan
Horton broke up the pass but almost inadvertently tipped it past
Bobrovsky, who had to scramble to get his right skate on the puck and
keep it out of the net.
NOTES: Columbus D Fedor Tyutin played after returning from the
injured reserve list on Friday. He injured his ankle playing for Russia
in the Olympics. ... With Tyutin back in the lineup, Blue Jackets D Nick
Schultz was a healthy scratch. Schultz played for Minnesota from
2001-12 and still holds Minnesota's franchise record for games with 743.
... Parise, Pominville and Mikael Granland have 35 points in 12 games
for since being put on the same line. ... The Wild are 7-0-3 in their
last 10 home games.