Wild get rare road win, top Blue Jackets 3-2 in shootout
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was a long night on the road for the Minnesota Wild.
This time, it was worth it.
Zach Parise and Chris Stewart scored in the shootout, and the Wild beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday.
Devan Dubnyk had 28 saves for Minnesota (27-18-5), which earned its 10th road win of the season. Jason Zucker scored his 20th goal, and Charlie Coyle added his fifth in the third period.
“It’s been a tough go on the road,” Dubnyk said. “We all felt it. We all talked about it. There is nothing we can say to make it go away. We just need to go play better.
“It was a good start for us tonight.”
Columbus (27-19-4) lost for the fourth time in six games. Sergei Bobrovsky made 41 stops, Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist and David Savard scored his third of the season.
Savard got the lead for the Blue Jackets when he scored on a top-shelf shot from the blue line just 1:16 into the game, surprising Dubnyk. Dean Kukan got an assist on the play for his first NHL point.
Savard had a chance for another goal at 12:19, but it was waved off for a distinct kicking motion.
Minnesota got on the board with a power-play goal at 4:25 of the second. Zucker beat Bobrovsky in a battle for the puck in the crease, matching Eric Staal for the team lead in goals and extending his point streak to seven games.
“The first 10 minutes of the second period was a perfect road game,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Getting it deep, shooting at the net ... doing all the simple things.”
The Wild jumped in front when Coyle scored right after his team killed off a Stewart slashing penalty, but the Blue Jackets responded.
With Zucker in the box for delay of game, Panarin scored his 13th of the season at 14:48 on a shot from the right circle.
Panarin also scored Columbus’ only goal in the shootout, which went four rounds.
“We can’t have so many ebbs and flows in the game,” Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. “There are already enough to begin with. It can’t come from us.
“Look at our effort in the first period, dominating. The second period hits, and our effort goes away. They come right way and start dictating.”
NOTES: The Wild play three of their next four games on the road. ... Blue Jackets F Brandon Dubinsky returned after missing 18 games with an orbital fracture. He played almost 15 minutes and was a plus-one.
Wild: Hosts Vegas on Friday.
Blue Jackets: Host San Jose on Friday.