Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/15/11
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Cal Clutterbuck scored in the third period and the Minnesota Wild rallied for a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Matt Cullen scored on the power play for his team-leading eighth goal, and Nick Johnson and Devin Setoguchi also scored for Minnesota, which closed out a five-game trip with a 3-2-0 record. Niklas Backstrom stopped a season-high 43 shots for the Wild, off to one of the best starts in franchise history at 10-5-3. Antoine Vermette broke out of a scoring slump with a short-handed goal and Mark Letestu scored on the power play in the first period for Columbus, which has the fewest points in the NHL. Steve Mason made 20 saves for the Blue Jackets. The game was the first with both James Wisniewski and Clutterbuck in the lineup since Wisniewski elbowed Clutterbuck in a preseason game resulting in an eight-game suspension to start the season for Wisniewski. Tied at 2 entering the third period, Clutterbuck stepped into Pierre-Marc Bouchard's drop pass at the right circle and sent a slap shot past Mason for his fourth goal at 7:38. Rick Nash missed a chance to pull Columbus even midway through the period, but his close range shot hit off the post. Setoguchi stole the puck from Wisniewski before scoring into an empty net for his fifth goal. Columbus jumped on the Wild early, outshooting them 18-6 and setting an early physical tone with several hits and aggressive play around the Minnesota crease. Vermette ended a 21-game scoreless skid when he stole the puck from Kyle Brodziak inside the Wild blue line and put his own rebound past Backstrom at 6:51. Letestu made it 2-0 at 10:42 of the period on the power play, getting his second goal in three games since being traded from Pittsburgh. The momentum for Columbus vanished in the second period. Cullen scooped up a loose puck in the slot and flicked home a backhand at 10:32. The Wild crashed the net again, this time Johnson fought through traffic to score from in tight for his second of the season at 10:52. NOTES: Columbus entered having been outscored 22-10 in the first period. ... Minnesota D Marek Zidlicky took a hard hit from Derek Dorsett midway through the first period and didn't return. ...The man-advantage goal was the first for Columbus against Minnesota since Nov. 23, 2007, snapping a 0-for-42 slide.
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