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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Minnesota



(Saturday, January 23rd)

Final Score: Minnesota 4, Columbus 2

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Mikko Koivu scored two goals to help the Minnesota Wild defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2, at Xcel Energy Center.

Eric Belanger and Robbie Earl also tallied for the Wild, who snapped a four- game winless streak.

Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom was in line for his 19th career shutout before yielding two goals in the final 22 seconds of regulation. He finished with 22 saves.

"Every point is very important. It doesn't matter when it comes, it's always fun to win," said Koivu.

Rick Nash and Antoine Vermette scored for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped five of seven. Steve Mason stopped 24 shots in a losing effort.

"Obviously, we set ourselves back early in the game and we find ourselves having to fight back for the rest of it," said Mason. "That's not the way we want to start hockey games."

Koivu staked Minnesota to a 2-0 lead, scoring at the 3:41 mark of the first period and 1:26 into the middle stanza. Belanger lit the lamp three minutes later to make it 3-0.

The Wild led by four goals when Earl fired a shot past Mason with 1:08 remaining in the third period.

Game Notes

Minnesota has won seven of the last nine meetings...Columbus hosts Nashville on Tuesday...The Wild wrap up a three-game homestand Wednesday against Detroit.

01/24 02:25:29 ET

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