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Disputed shootout goal leads Jackets over Wild 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — On a night when each goalie was at the top of his game, it took a video review to decide the winner.

Ryan Johansen scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Johansen's shot initially was ruled a rebound, but a video review showed that Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper did not touch the puck, making it a legal shootout goal.

"Good job, Toronto," Johansen said, referring to the video review team in the NHL offices. "I knew I scored. I just didn't know what they were talking about at first."

The shootout capped a night of brilliant goaltending from the Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky and Minnesota's Kuemper. Bobrovsky, last year's Vezina Trophy winner, stopped 32 of 33 shots through overtime, while Kuemper finished with 28 saves.

In three games at the Xcel Energy Center, Bobrovsky is 3-0 and has allowed just four goals on 90 shots.

"I don't know what it is," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "I don't know if it's being in Minnesota, or if there's something in this building, (but it) certainly looks like he's comfortable playing in this building, and he's the main reason why we got two points tonight."

In the shootout, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu put Minnesota ahead 2-0, but Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu rallied the Blue Jackets with goals and Bobrovsky shut down the Wild the rest of the way to set up Johansen's clincher.

The Wild wrapped up a four-game homestand with a 1-0-3 record. Losing three shootouts in a week could have left a sour taste in their mouths, but coach Mike Yeo chose to focus on the positives after the game.

"You lose in a shootout and it paints an ugly picture. I'm actually happy with the way our guys battled in this game," said Yeo, whose team increased its lead over Dallas to five points in the race for seventh place in the Western Conference. "I thought we generated some great quality chances tonight. I thought we defended hard."

On a night that featured just two regulation goals and one penalty, it took almost 40 minutes for somebody to score. Columbus finally broke through on a goal by Dalton Prout with 21.6 seconds to play in the second period. Prout took a pass from Jack Johnson at the top of the slot and fired a slap shot that deflected off Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin's knee and past Kuemper.

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