Johansen, Atkinson lead Blue Jackets past Wild

NHL.com | Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 1:45 AM

Ryan Johansen and Cam Atkinson each had a goal and an assist, and Jeremy Smith made 20 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, at Xcel Energy Center.

Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets split squad, which built a 3-0 lead by the 7:53 mark of the second period.

Nino Niederreiter scored for the Wild, via the power play at 10:09 of the second. Yeo said Niederreiter was Minnesota's best forward Tuesday.

"What he did with the puck, he was strong tonight," Yeo said of Niederreiter, who was acquired from the New York Islanders at the NHL Draft in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick.

Niklas Backstrom stopped seven of 10 shots for Minnesota before being relieved by Darcy Kuemper, who made seven saves.

Wild left wing Jason Zucker did not play the last two periods due to a tweaked groin, according to Yeo.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
18:09CBJ Ryan Johansen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Chaput (1), Cam Atkinson (1) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
04:23CBJ Cam Atkinson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Johansen (1), Ryan Murray (1) 2 - 0 CBJ
07:53CBJ Mark Letestu (1) Snap shot - ASST: Cody Goloubef (1), Blake Comeau (1) 3 - 0 CBJ
10:09MIN PPG - Nino Niederreiter (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Charlie Coyle (1), Mikael Granlund (1) 3 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Johansen
Ryan Johansen
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:46
Nino Niederreiter
Nino Niederreiter
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 19:54
Mikael Granlund
Mikael Granlund
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 20:11
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:30MIN Marco Scandella  Interference  - 2 min against  Jake Hansen
15:04MIN Jake Dowell  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody Bass
15:04CBJ Cody Bass  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jake Dowell
16:01CBJ Michael Chaput  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
2nd Period
08:50CBJ Jake Hansen  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Niklas Backstrom
11:51MIN Stephane Veilleux  Hooking  - 2 min against  Cody Goloubef
3rd Period
08:51CBJ Cody Goloubef  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mikael Granlund
12:33CBJ Cody Goloubef  Holding  - 2 min against  Nino Niederreiter
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/21/4
Faceoff Wins2833
Blocked Shots208
Penalty Minutes139
5J. SkilleR0012016:32
12R. CraigC0000014:41
13C. AtkinsonR1124018:29
14B. ComeauL0111017:51
19R. JohansenC1121017:46
21J. WisniewskiD0020025:06
27R. MurrayD0120024:50
29I. MelartD0010018:56
32C. BassC0000511:17
39M. ChaputC0112213:04
43S. CollinsC000009:39
44W. WeberD0000016:02
48C. GoloubefD0110418:32
50B. ParlettD0001017:15
52K. RychelL0012013:04
55M. LetestuC1014020:09
59J. HansenR0000211:05
76T. VogelhuberR000008:30
35J. Smith2021.95259:59
60O. Dansk00.0000:00
2K. BallardD00-10019:48
3C. CoyleC0101021:38
6M. ScandellaD00-10222:38
7J. BlumD00-22018:20
16J. ZuckerL000007:06
17T. MitchellC0001014:35
18J. DowellC00-1059:47
19S. VeilleuxL00-11214:08
21K. BrodziakC00-11017:28
22N. NiederreiterR10-12019:54
24M. CookeL0002017:11
26D. SteckelC00-10011:31
39N. ProsserD0000019:53
45C. McMillanR00-1208:52
47B. ConnellyD00-11017:17
52J. FontaineR00-22015:45
55M. DumbaD00-14022:37
64M. GranlundC01-12020:11
32N. Backstrom710.70030:09
35D. Kuemper771.00027:12