The Minnesota Wild overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday in Nationwide Arena.

Matt Cullen and Nick Johnson scored 20 seconds apart in the second period to tie the game and spark the comeback.

Cullen got the comeback started with a power play tally nine minutes and 28 seconds into the period. He corralled a rebound off a shot by Jared Spurgeon that hit Kyle Brodziak in front of the net and found open space to Steve Mason’s blocker side.

Most of the third line got immediate pressure and Johnson circled the net to score off a loose puck to Mason’s glove side.

The game remained tied with the Wild controlling most of the play until Cal Clutterbuck ripped a slap shot past Mason off a Pierre-Marc Bouchard drop pass with 7:38 remaining in the game.

Devin Setoguchi scored his fifth goal of the season with a backhand shot from the offensive blue line into the open net with seven seconds remaining.

Setoguchi’s goal gave the Wild four in a game for the third time this season. Two of those four-goal games came against the Blue Jackets.

The Wild (10-5-3) found itself down by two goals after its worst periods of the season in the first. It may even be the worst of its 11-plus years of existence.

The Wild finishes one of its two longest road trips of the season with a 3-2 record. It now plays six straight at home.

The Blue Jackets (3-13-1) dominated the physical opening period, in which both teams had five penalties for 29 minutes. Each team had two 10-minute misconducts and a fighting major in the first half of the period.

The Wild extends its Northwest Division to three points over the idle Edmonton Oilers.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Antoine Vermette. The Blue Jacket forward scored a shorthanded goal.

No. 2 – Niklas Backstrom. The Wild goaltender stopped a lot of pucks, including an incredible glove save with a minute and a half remaining to preserve the win.

No. 1 – Cal Clutterbuck. The Wild forward scored the game-winning goal.


Minnesota     0 2 2 – 4

Columbus     2 0 0 – 2

       First Period – 1, Columbus, Vermette 1 (unassisted), 6:51 (sh). 2, Columbus, Letestu 2 (Nikitin, Clitsome), 10:42 (pp). Penalties – Staubitz, Min (boarding), 2:08; Clutterbuck, Min, misconduct (10-minute), 4:59; Bouchard, Min, misconduct (10-minute), 4:59; Boll, CBJ, misconduct (10-minute), 4:59; Calvert, CBJ, misconduct (10-minute), 4:59; Pahlsson, CBJ (hooking), 5:12; Peters, Min, major (fighting), 9:04; Dorsett, CBJ, major (fighting), 9:04; Stoner, Min (cross checking), 9:04; Rick Nash, CBJ (hooking), 18:54.

       Second Period – 3, Minnesota, Cullen 8 (Brodziak, Spurgeon), 10:32 (pp). 4, Minnesota, Johnson 2 (Powe, Peters), 10:52. Penalties – Bench, CBJ (too many men), 9:05; Tyutin, CBJ (interference), 15:11.

       Third Period – 5, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 4 (Bouchard, Falk), 7:38. 6, Minnesota, Setoguchi 5 (unassisted), 19:53 (en). Penalties – Schultz, Min (hooking), 2:25; Carter, CBJ (high sticking), 3:33.

       Shots on goal – Minnesota 6-12-6 24. Columbus 18-10-17 45.

       Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (43-45). Columbus, Mason (20-23). A – N/A. Referees – Rob Martell, Wes McCauley. Linesmen – Vaughan Rody, Dan Schachte.