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Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and the Minnesota Wild snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday night.
With the Wild seemingly on their heels after giving up a two-goal lead, Bouchard took a pass from Torrey Mitchell near the blue line, zoomed past two Columbus defenders and beat goalie Steve Mason above his right glove.
Mikko Koivu and Tom Gilbert also scored for Minnesota.
Mark Letestu and Jack Johnson had goals for the Blue Jackets.
After Columbus beat Dallas to snap a four-game skid, the Blue Jackets' flight to the Twin Cities on Monday night was canceled because of fog, forcing the team to leave on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Columbus looked sluggish early and trailed 2-0 after the first period.
Koivu took a rebound, skated to the side of the net and banked the puck off Mason to open the scoring midway through the first.
Gilbert flicked the puck into an open net after corralling a deflection ...
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo had seen his top line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley score 10 of the team's 13 goals through the first five games and pleaded for more support after Minnesota lost in overtime at St. Louis on Sunday.
Returning home, the Wild got the secondary scoring it needed and everyone could appreciate who supplied the help.
Zach Parise and the rest of the Minnesota Wild's top line are living up to lofty expectations.
Collectively, the Wild are falling well short.
Parise looks to continue his offensive barrage and help Minnesota halt a three-game slide in a matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
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Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews has a 50 percent success rate in the shootouts. That's incredible in my opinion.
Minnesota Wild (2-2-1) 5pts (3rd in the Northwest)
2.60 Goals For per Game (19th in the NHL)
3.00 Goals Against per Game (20th in the NHL)
15th ranked Power Play (20.8%)
10th ranked Penalty Kill (85%)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 5G 4A = 9pts
2. #15 Dany Heatley ~ 4G 2A = 6pts
3. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 1G 5A = 6pts
4. #77 Tom Gilbert ~ 1G...
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