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Slumping Wild lose second straight in 4-2 setback at Columbus

Loss was Wild's fourth in six games

November 30, 2018 - 4:25 am

   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Riley Nash had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday night.

   Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored for Minnesesota, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. The Wild have lost two in a row and four of six.

   "It's gotten away from us, and we have to pull it back in," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.

   Columbus has won two in a row and six out of eight to move ahead of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.

   "They capitalized on their chances," Parise said. "I feel like we had a lot of odd-man rushes in the second period we weren't able to convert on. It didn't feel like we generated that many shots in the second. They converted when they got those opportunities, and we did not."

   Granlund's slap shot from the slot started it, putting the Wild on the board 7:46 into the game.

   Hannikainen tapped in a bouncing puck later in the period to tie it.

   Atkinson extended his points streak to nine games - tying his career high - when he beat Dubnyk from the right circle near the end of a power play early in the second period.

   Nash scored a few minutes later, redirecting a pass from Zach Weresnki, and Panarin's wrist shot clanged in off the right post at 11:24 to make it a 4-1 game for Columbus.

   Parise got one of them back for the Wild 42 seconds later off a wrap-around, extending his point streak to six games, but Minnesota couldn't get any closer a both teams played a scoreless third period.

   NOTES: Columbus' John Tortorella coached his 1,200th NHL game, becoming the 18th coach in league history and the fifth active coach to reach that mark. ... Wild D Greg Pateryn returned after missing one game because of illness. He replaced Nate Prosser. ... Columbus F Anthony Duclair was scratched in favor of F Oliver Bjorkstrand, who was a healthy scratch for the past four games. Tortorella said Duclair is "dinged up" and day-to-day. ... Minnesota G Alex Stalock and Columbus D Scott Harrington each played in their 100th career NHL game. ... Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois' two assists game him 14 points in his past nine games.