The Blue Jackets didn't show up ready to play tonight, and the Wild certainly did. Although the Blue Jackets fought back, the Wild took the two points tonight, winning 5-4.
The Wild dominated the first period, and they were first on the scoresheet. Eric Staal scored just 1:34 into the game, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Jackets found themselves down, but they fought back. Shots on goal were 12-1 at one point, but with the Blue Jackets' second shot on goal of the game, Nick Foligno capitalized on a wonky rebound and tied the game at 1.
Just before the period ended, the Wild added another goal off the stick of Ryan Donato to make it 2-1.
In the second period, it was more of the same one-way traffic. Mikka Koivu made it 3-1 Wild with 12:08 gone.
The Wild weren't done, and neither was Koivu. With just 10 seconds left in the period, he made it 4-1.
After 40 minutes were gone, shots on goal were 31-16, Wild.
The Blue Jackets weren't out of it yet though. After Devin Shore hit the post, Emil Bemstrom buried the rebound to make it 4-2 Wild just 1:55 into the third period.
Then, just 2:21 later, Pierre-Luc Dubois scored to make it a 4-3 game.
Then, a puck glanced off of the linesman to give the Wild a lucky break. Kevin Fiala took a feed from Staal and made no mistake, making it 5-3.
A common theme occurred again: the Blue Jackets didn't give up. Zach Werenski drove the net and scored with 3:06 remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard when all was said and done. The final score was 5-4, Wild.
Riley Nash and Elvis Merzlikins missed out tonight with injuries sustained Monday night against the Senators.
Cam Atkinson, Ryan Murray, and Alexander Wennberg have been skating.
The Blue Jackets will host the Wild on Friday night at Nationwide Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m.