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Blue Jackets weather Wild comeback attempt

Oct 4, 2008 - 2:06 AM By Dave Holstein PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Captain Rick Nash collected three assists while Kristian Huselius and R.J. Umberger each scored a goal and set up another as the Columbus Blue Jackets posted a 5-3 preseason victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

The Blue Jackets jumped to a three-goal lead but were unable to put away the game until the final session as the Wild rallied to forge a 3-3 tie in the second period.

Defenseman Kris Russell buried a loose puck from the top of the crease at 10:42 of the third period for a 4-3 advantage. Manny Malhotra sealed the win with a shorthanded empty-netter with 55 seconds remaining.

Craig MacDonald opened the scoring by backhanding a rebound past goaltender Niklas Backstrom 2:49 into the contest. Umberger doubled the advantage with 33 seconds left in the first with a power-play goal.

Huselius made it 3-0 midway through the second, scoring his third of the preseason on a shot from the slot. But the Wild tied the game with three goals in a span of 2:14 in the middle session.

Owen Nolan scored on the power play, putting a blast from the point through traffic and past netminder Pascal Leclaire with 5:50 left. After a turnover by Nash deep in his own zone, Marian Gaborik scored from between the faceoff circles 58 seconds later.

James Sheppard knotted the contest 76 seconds afterward, tapping in a loose puck from just to the right of the crease.

Backstrom made 36 saves for the Wild, who were outshot, 10-4, in the first period.

Leclaire allowed three goals on 15 shots before being replaced after two sessions by Fredrik Norrena, who turned aside all 12 shots he faced in the third.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 0 3 0 3
    COLUMBUS 2 1 2 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - CRAIG MACDONALD 1 (JAKUB VORACEK, CHRISTIAN BACKMAN)
    2:49
    COB - (PP) R.J. UMBERGER 2 (RICK NASH, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS)
    19:27
    2ND PRD: COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 3 (RICHARD MATVICHUK, JAN HEJDA)
    10:51
    MIN - (PP) OWE

    Oct 3 9:33 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 3
    COLUMBUS 5
    3RD PRD: COB - (SH) (EN) MANNY MALHOTRA 1 (RICK NASH) 19:05

    Wild 3, Blue Jackets 5  3rd - 0:55Oct 3 9:30 PM


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    MINNESOTA 3
    COLUMBUS 4
    3RD PRD: COB - (PP) KRIS RUSSELL 1 (R.J. UMBERGER, RICK NASH) 10:42

    Wild 3, Blue Jackets 4  3rd - 9:18Oct 3 9:16 PM
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    Wild 3, Blue Jackets 3  3rd - 16:00Oct 3 9:05 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 0 3 3
    COLUMBUS 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - CRAIG MACDONALD 1 (JAKUB VORACEK, CHRISTIAN BACKMAN)
    2:49
    COB - (PP) R.J. UMBERGER 2 (RICK NASH, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS)
    19:27
    2ND PRD: COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 3 (RICHARD MATVICHUK, JAN HEJDA)
    10:51
    M

    Oct 3 8:39 PM


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    MINNESOTA 3
    COLUMBUS 3
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) JAMES SHEPPARD 2 (MARIAN GABORIK) 16:24

    Wild 3, Blue Jackets 3  2nd - 3:36Oct 3 8:32 PM


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    MINNESOTA 2
    COLUMBUS 3
    2ND PRD: MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 1 (UNASSISTED) 15:08

    Wild 2, Blue Jackets 3  2nd - 4:52Oct 3 8:30 PM


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    MINNESOTA 1
    COLUMBUS 3
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 2 (MARTIN SKOULA, KIM JOHNSSON) 14:10

    Wild 1, Blue Jackets 3  2nd - 5:50Oct 3 8:30 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0
    COLUMBUS 3
    2ND PRD: COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 3 (RICHARD MATVICHUK, JAN HEJDA)
    10:51

    Wild 0, Blue Jackets 3  2nd - 9:09Oct 3 8:23 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 0 0
    COLUMBUS 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - CRAIG MACDONALD 1 (JAKUB VORACEK, CHRISTIAN BACKMAN)
    2:49
    COB - (PP) R.J. UMBERGER 2 (RICK NASH, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS)
    19:27
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MIN 4

    Oct 3 7:44 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0
    COLUMBUS 2
    1ST PRD: COB - (PP) R.J. UMBERGER 2 (RICK NASH, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS)
    19:27

    Wild 0, Blue Jackets 2  1st - 0:33Oct 3 7:42 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 0
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: COB - CRAIG MACDONALD 1 (JAKUB VORACEK, CHRISTIAN BACKMAN)
    2:49

    Wild 0, Blue Jackets 1  1st - 17:11Oct 3 7:14 PM