The Minnesota Wild lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 Tuesday at Nationwide Arena, but it wasn’t that close.

The Wild were only in the game because the Blue Jackets did not score more goals.

The Blue Jackets (15-32-6) dominated the game from the opening faceoff until the final whistle.

Which is a worse loss for the Wild; the blown two-goal lead with less than five minutes remaining after dominating one of the hottest teams in the NHL for about two and a half periods a week ago or getting dominated by the worst team in the NHL for 60 minutes?

The Wild (25-20-8) got its only goal from Nate Prosser at the 18:39 mark of the first period. He one-timed a carom off the side boards through traffic and Curtis Sanford into the net. Justin Falk and Carson McMillan registered the assists on the goal.

The Blue Jackets scored its first goal on a delayed penalty in which both Niklas Backstrom and Marek Zidlicky lost their sticks. David Savard’s shot from the point found its way through traffic and Backstrom as the Wild’s goaltender was trying to take a stick from Falk.

The eventual game-winning goal for the Blue Jackets came just eight seconds after the start of its third power play at the 15:31 mark of the third period.

The Blue Jackets added an insurance goal with 14 and a half minutes remaining on a loose puck rebound tap in by Jeff Carter.

The Wild could get nothing going offensively and took seven minor penalties, four by Nick Schultz. The Blue Jackets, with the worst penalty kill in the league, committed only two.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Colton Gillies. The Blue Jackets forward recorded an assist.

No. 2 – David Savard. The Blues Jackets defenseman scored his first career NHL goal.

No. 1 – Antoine Vermette. The Blue Jackets forward scored the eventual game-winning goal.

Boxscore

Minnesota     1 0 0 – 1

Columbus     1 1 1 – 3

       First Period – 1, Columbus, Savard 1 (Prospal, Clitsome), 8:59. 2, Minnesota, Prosser 1 (Falk, McMillan), 18:39. Penalties – Schultz, Min (interference), 5:16; Prosser, Min, major (fighting), 7:10; Dorsett, CBJ, major (fighting), 7:10.

       Second Period – 3, Columbus, Vermette 7 (Nash, Tyutin), 15:31 (pp). Penalties – Dorsett, CBJ (goaltender interference), 1:55; Clutterbuck, Min (charging), 8:31; Savard, CBJ (high sticking), 12:46; Schultz, Min (hooking), 15:23.

       Third Period – 4, Columbus, Carter 12 (Gillies, Savard), 5:38. Penalties – Zanon, Min (hooking), :46; Schultz, Min (hooking), 10:01; Schultz, Min (delay of game), 16:36; Zidlicky, Min (holding the stick), 19:39.

       Shots on goal – Minnesota 7-13-9 29. Columbus 14-9-14 37.

       Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (34-37). Columbus, Sanford (28-29). A – 11,237. Referees – Stephen Walkom, Ian Walsh. Linesmen – Scott Driscoll, Shane Heyer.