By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
Coming off of a 2-1 win at home over the Rangers on Thursday, the Wild were back at the Xcel Center tonight to take on the Blue Jackets. Great goaltending and a fast-paced game were two major highlights tonight. After 60 minutes, the extra period, and a shootout, the Wild came up empty-handed again with a 2-1 loss.
“You lose in a shootout and it paints an ugly picture, but I’m actually happy with the way our guys played the game…That’s the important thing, is how we’re playing the game.” Head Coach Mike Yeo said after the game.
The first period set the tone for this evenly-matched game. Neither team scored or drew any penalties. Minnesota outshot Columbus 12-11 this period. The second period turned up the same number of shots for both teams (12-11) but Columbus was able to find the back of the net when Dalton Prout snuck a wrist shot past Kuemper late into the period.
The second period also brought the first and only penalty of the game, when David Savard took a trip to the box for interference. This marked the first time Minnesota hasn't recorded a penalty in home game since 1/2/04.
Pominville made it a tie game with a goal on the short side at 3:12 into the final period of regulation. Minnesota outshot the Blue Jackets 8-6 this period, but only scoring one goal pushed this game into yet another overtime.
The 4-on-4 five minute overtime just wasn’t enough time for either team to find the back of the net with the one shot they each took. Another shootout in the cards for Minnesota came on the heels on a shootout loss just four days ago against the Oilers.
Parise shot first for Minnesota and snapped off a wrist shot past Bobrovsky, while Atkinson was up first for the Blue Jackets, and Kuemper was able to get a pad on it. Koivu scored on the backhand, giving the Wild a 2-0 lead in the shootout, but Anisimov answered with a quick snap past Kuemper.
Pominville missed the net, as well as his shot to give Minnesota the win. Letestu put one past Kuemper on the backhand, sending the game into the sudden-death portion of the shootout. Moulson was stopped on the short side by Bobrovsky. Johansen came in and though his goal was under review for possibly not being in forward motion, the goal was called as good and the Blue Jackets won the game.
“It was hard game; it was a fun game to play. I think the goalies on both ends kind of stole the show, it was a great goaltending match up.” Zach Parise told the media following the game.
The Wild will travel to Boston where they will take on the Bruins on Monday. The puck drops at 6:30 p.m. and you can hear all the action on KFAN 100.3 FM and on iHeartRadio.com!