The Minnesota Wild lost to the worst team in the NHL for the second time in three games Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild fired shots from all over the rink, but got just one shot past Steve Mason.

The former Calder Trophy winner has struggled since winning the award following the 2008-09 season, including a career-worst save percentage and goals against average so far this season.

Mason made his best save in the second period with a sprawling blocker save off a rebound shot from Kyle Brodziak. Brodziak slid the puck toward the open net while falling to the ice, but Mason reached across the goal line with his blocker to stop the puck just in time.

The play went to review, but it appeared the right call was made.

The Wild (25-22-8) got on the board first with a rocket wrist by Devin Setoguchi over the glove of Mason to the top shelf with just under six and a half minutes remaining in the first period. Setoguchi has three points (2 goals-1 assist) in the last two games. It is the second time this season he has scored in back-to-back games.

Mikko Koivu worked a give-and-go with Setoguchi to the top of the circles to give the right wing a clean shot at the goal. Marek Zidlicky also had an assist.

All three Blue Jackets’ goals came in the final minute of each period.

R.J. Umberger scored the first two with a shot from the point that found its way through Niklas Backstrom and a rebound on the power play. The power play tally came with eight seconds remaining in the man advantage and 21 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

James Wisniewski capped the scoring with a nearly end-to-end lob shot that skidded its way just inside the post. When Wisniewski flipped the puck down the ice, it looked as though it was going wide for an icing. However, when it landed it began to redirect toward the goal.

Unlike the previous two games this week, the Wild was a much better team and certainly could have gotten the win.

“There are no more moral victories,” Matt Cullen said. “We have to get points.”

The sentiment in the locker room was that it needs to find a way to get it done. Something needs to change. The status quo is not working.

The Blue Jackets (16-33-6) came back to win after allowing the first goal for fifth time in 26 attempts.

Cal Clutterbuck was injured with a lower body injury in the second period and did not return.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Devin Setoguchi. The Wild forward scored a goal.

No. 2 – R.J. Umberger. The Blue Jackets forward scored two goals.

No. 1 – Steve Mason. The Blue Jackets goaltender made 34 saves.


Columbus      1 1 1 – 3

Minnesota     1 0 0 – 1

       First Period – 1, Minnesota, Setoguchi 12 (Koivu, Zidlicky), 14:28. 2, Columbus, Umberger 8 (Nash, Brassard), 19:04. Penalties – Powe, Min (cross checking), 10:37; Powe, Min (roughing), 14:39.

       Second Period – 3, Columbus, Umberger 9 (Wisniewski, Nash), 19:39 (pp). Penalties – Powe, Min (hooking), 5:49; Tyutin, CBJ (tripping), 13:03; Pahlsson, CBJ (roughing), 13:12; Christensen, Min (roughing), 13:12; Zidlicky, Min (goaltender interference), 17:47.

       Third Period – 4, Columbus, Wisniewski 3 (unassisted), 19:11 (en). Penalties – None.

       Shots on goal – Columbus 10-7-2 19. Minnesota 15-5-15 35.

       Goalies – Columbus, Mason (34-35). Minnesota, Backstrom (16-18). A – 18,958. Referees – Dave Jackson, Steve Kozari. Linesmen – Michel Cormier, Vaughan Rody.