Blue Jackets Fall in Shootout to Minnesota Wild After Back and Forth Affair

By Sam Blazer on January 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm
Josh Anderson hopes to score against the Wild's Devan Dubnyk
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The return from the all-star break may not be the best omen for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Their result against the Minnesota Wild, a 3-2 loss is a disappointing way to start the home stretch.

  1 2 3 OT F
BLUE JACKETS 1 0 1 0 2
WILD 0 1 1 1 3

The first period started, and the game was all Blue Jackets. David Savard started the action with a goal only a 1:16 into the game. While the first ten minutes were in the Blue Jackets favor, the last ten were all Wild. It would be a sign of things to come.

The second period was all Minnesota Wild as they pushed play and outshot the Blue Jackets heavily. A goal from Jason Zucker would highlight the period, but at the end of the second, a near goal from Tyler Ennis won't be forgotten soon. The clock hit zero just in the nick of time. 

The third period would be more of a back and forth affair as Charlie Coyle would score for the Wild just after a Blue Jackets power play had ended. Then Artemi Panarin would score for the Blue Jackets on the power play to tie the game. 

3v3 overtime would yield no goals, and the game would go to the shootout. Chris Stewart would score for the Wild and Artemi Panarin would score as well. Zach Parise would score the shootout winner in the extra frame to win 3-2.

Injury Update

Both forward Sonny Milano and defenseman Ryan Murray are still out. Milano has resumed skating, and Murray isn't on a timetable yet for his return.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will play next on February 2 against the San Jose Sharks at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 pm. The game will air on Fox Sports Ohio.