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Backstrom solid as Wild best Blue Jackets

Sep 25, 2008 - 3:01 AM By Brian Hall PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Defenseman Kim Johnsson and Benoit Pouliot scored goals as the Minnesota Wild posted a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their preseason opener on Wednesday.

Niklas Backstrom turned aside the first 18 shots he faced before allowing a power-play tally by Jiri Novotny, his second goal of the preseason, midway through the third period. The Finn finished with 22 saves overall.

The contest was a penalty-ridden affair, as the teams combined for 24 penalties equaling 66 minutes but went a combined 1-for-16 on the power play.

With the clubs skating four aside in the first period, Johnsson took a pass from James Sheppard, slipped by the defense and fired a shot between the pads of goaltender Fredrik Norrena at 15:23 for a 1-0 lead.

Pouliot, the fourth overall pick in 2005, made it 2-0 early in the third, when he picked up a loose puck after new teammate Owen Nolan was tripped up and flipped it past Norrena at 2:16. Norrena made 28 saves.

Novotny drew Columbus within one at 10:07 of the third. Jakub Voracek, the seventh overall selection in the 2007 draft, controlled the puck at the point before passing through the slot to Novotny, who was alone to the right of Backstrom for a quick one-timer.

Playing its second game in as many nights, Columbus chose not to dress many of its regulars, including captain Rick Nash and big offseason acquisitions Kristian Huselius and R.J. Umberger.

The Wild played without star Marian Gaborik, who is nursing a hamstring injury.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLUMBUS 0 0 1 1
    MINNESOTA 1 0 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - KIM JOHNSSON 1 (JAMES SHEPPARD) 15:23
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: MIN - BENOIT POULIOT 1 (OWEN NOLAN, TOMAS MOJZIS) 2:16
    COB - (PP) JIRI NOVOTNY 2 (JAKUB VORACEK, GRANT CLITSOME)
    10:07
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: COB -

    Sep 24 10:29 PM
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    Blue Jackets 1, Wild 2  3rd - 1:23Sep 24 10:24 PM


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    COLUMBUS 1
    MINNESOTA 2
    3RD PRD: COB - (PP) JIRI NOVOTNY 2 (JAKUB VORACEK, GRANT CLITSOME)
    10:07

    Blue Jackets 1, Wild 2  3rd - 9:53Sep 24 10:09 PM


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    COLUMBUS 0
    MINNESOTA 2
    3RD PRD: MIN - BENOIT POULIOT 1 (OWEN NOLAN) 2:16

    Blue Jackets 0, Wild 2  3rd - 17:44Sep 24 9:56 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 0 0
    MINNESOTA 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - KIM JOHNSSON 1 (JAMES SHEPPARD) 15:23
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COB 7 5 12
    MIN 17 7 24
    GOALIES: COB - FREDRIK NORRENA

    Sep 24 9:35 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 0
    MINNESOTA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - KIM JOHNSSON 1 (JAMES SHEPPARD) 15:23
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COB 7 7
    MIN 17 17
    GOALIES: COB - FREDRIK NORRENA
    MIN - NIKLAS

    Sep 24 8:42 PM


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    COLUMBUS 0
    MINNESOTA 1
    1ST PRD: MIN - KIM JOHNSSON 1 (JAMES SHEPPARD) 15:23

    Blue Jackets 0, Wild 1  1st - 4:37Sep 24 8:34 PM
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