Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored his 100th career goal to break a 2-2 with five minutes and 19 seconds remaining in the game to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild (3-2-1) is still waiting for its second and third lines to produce, but the one it got from its secondary scoring was a big one.
"I was able to get some speed in the neutral zone and (Torrey Mitchell) gave me a nice little pass," Bouchard said. "It was a nice play by (Mitchell). He took his time. He was patient with the puck and was able to find me."
Bouchard, who got a pass at the blue line from an unusual line mate, raced between two defenders and ripped a wrist shot past the glove of Steve Mason.
"It was a nice goal," Niklas Backstrom said about his view of it. "He can turn anything into a great scoring chance."
The Wild's first line came up big again with both first period goals that gave the Wild a 2-0 lead.
"Our top line has been doing a pretty good job for us," Tom Gilbert said. "That is to be expected. They are great players."
Mikko Koivu got the scoring started near the midway mark of the first period with a sharp-angle shot that ricocheted off Mason's pad and into the net.
Koivu later assisted on Gilbert's second goal of the season.
Gilbert corralled a loose puck off of Koivu's blocked shot and had a wide-open net on the backdoor.
Zach Parise had his first game as a member of the Wild without recording a point. He was denied his sixth goal of the season when it was deemed he directed his own rebound into the net with arm. It was initially ruled a goal, but replays clearly showed the goal going into the net off his arm.
The Wild killed off three-of-four penalty kill opportunities, including a questionable holding call on Parise with just under four minutes remaining in the game.
Linesman Thor Nelson was struck in the head by attempted pass during the second period of the game and was eventually forced to leave the game. He was being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms after the game.
No. 3 – Steve Mason. The Blue Jackets goaltender made two highlight reel saves that kept his team in the game.
No. 2 – Mikko Koivu. The Wild forward scored a goal and added an assist.
No. 1 – Pierre-Marc Bouchard. The Wild forward scored the game-winning goal.
Columbus 0 1 1 – 2
Minnesota 2 0 1 – 3
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Koivu 2 (Brodin, Suter), 9:23. 2, Minnesota, Gilbert 2 (Koivu, Stoner), 18:21. Penalties – Gillies, CBJ, major (fighting), 11:00; Powe, Min, major (fighting), 11:00; Tyutin, CBJ (interference), 14:33; Aucoin, CBJ (interference), 19:42.
Second Period – 3, Columbus, Letestu 2 (Wisniewski, Boll) 14:59. Penalties – Boll, CBJ, major (fighting), 6:54; Stoner, Min, major (fighting), 6:54.
Third Period – 4, Columbus, Johnson 1 (Dubinsky) 7:32 (pp). 5, Minnesota, Bouchard 2 (Mitchell, Falk), 14:41. Penalties – Powe, Min (boarding), 2:56; Granlund, Min (tripping), 7:25; Gilbert, Min (delay of game-puck over glass), 11:06; Tyutin, CBJ, penalty shot, (hooking on breakaway) 15:49; Parise, Min (holding), 16:13.
Shots on goal – Columbus 5-3-11 19. Minnesota 8-15-3 26.
Penalty Shot - Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Min, 15:49 3rd (save).
Goalies – Columbus, Mason (23-26). Minnesota, Backstrom (17-19). A – 17,584. Referees – Eric Furlatt, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen – Brian Mach, Thor Nelson.