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Minnesota Wild 0, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Minnesota Wild 0, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 FINAL
Minnesota Wild 0, Columbus Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ No one is running away with the NHL goal-scoring title, but it isn't for lack of effort.

``Jeez, we're all trying,'' Rick Nash cracked after scoring his 39th goal in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. ``It's one of those things where I'm here, I might as well go for it.''

Nash moved into a tie for the goals lead with Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk _ a fact that surprised the 19-year-old, second-year star.

``I didn't really expect it. I didn't really think I would be this close this far in the season,'' he said. ``Obviously, guys are going on streaks where they score two or three and then they go three or four games without. It's kind of nice that Kovalchuk hasn't run away with it and hasn't scored in a while.''

Marc Denis stopped 20 shots in his fifth shutout of the season _ tying the franchise record _ and the 14th of his career. He was seldom tested by the Wild, who have lost three games in a row.

``We came out flat and never could recover,'' Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. ``We had power plays one after the other. One time it was a five-minute power play _ and we couldn't generate nothing. We couldn't get a shot when it was time to make a shot, couldn't make the pass when it was time to make the pass.''

Aaron Johnson scored his second goal of the season for the Blue Jackets, who have won two in a row since dropping eight straight.

Johnson, a 20-year-old rookie, has roomed with Nash since coming up to the big club last month.

``Maybe it's the water,'' Nash said with a laugh.

Nash scored from a hard angle at the right boards at the close of the second period. Minnesota goaltender Dwayne Roloson was tight to the near post but it appeared he mishandled the puck with his glove and pulled the puck into the net.

``It was a lucky goal,'' Columbus interim coach Gerard Gallant said. ``We just talked about getting the puck to the net and shooting it. Fortunately, he got a lucky break. It was a big goal for our team.''

The Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead after weathering four consecutive Minnesota power plays in the first 28 minutes.

David Vyborny tossed a centering pass through the slot after skating behind the net. Roloson stopped Andrew Cassels' point-blank shot, but the rebound glanced to Johnson who jammed in a one-timer.

``I was just trying to get the shot up,'' said Johnson, who said he doesn't pay rent to Nash but does clean the house to earn his keep. ``I knew he was down looking for the rebound, so I just tried to get it up as high as I could.''

The closest the Wild came to scoring was when Richard Park hit the post from the right dot just before Johnson's goal.

Minnesota seldom even mustered a shot on eight power-play chances. It marked the ninth time this season that the Wild were shut out.

``We needed this one. We take a lot of pride in our home record. It was good for the fans,'' Denis said. ``It was a textbook effort on our part.''

Just 5:17 in, Denis mishandled a shot by Alexandre Daigle and the puck squirted behind the Columbus goalie. But Denis recovered in time to fall on the puck with his glove as it slid close to the goal line.

Lemaire was asked if his team could take anything positive out of the loss.

``Nothing,'' he said gruffly. ``Absolutely nothing.''

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
12:03
CBJ
Aaron Johnson (2) ASST: Andrew Cassels (17), David Vyborny (31)
1 - 0 CBJ
19:58
CBJ
Rick Nash (39) ASST: Manny Malhotra (13), Nikolay Zherdev (18)
2 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
12:51
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Hi-sticking against  Zbynek Michalek
17:04
CBJ
Duvie Westcott  Hi-sticking against  Alexandre Daigle
2nd Period
02:28
CBJ
Aaron Johnson  Tripping against  Marian Gaborik
06:01
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Instigator
06:01
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Fighting (maj) against  Stephane Veilleux
06:01
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Misconduct (10 min) against  Stephane Veilleux
06:01
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Game misconduct against  Stephane Veilleux
06:01
MIN
Stephane Veilleux  Roughing against  Jody Shelley
08:57
MIN
Rickard Wallin  Hooking - Obstruction against  David Vyborny
13:39
CBJ
David Ling  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Wiemer
13:39
MIN
Jason Wiemer  Instigator against  David Ling
13:39
MIN
Jason Wiemer  Fighting (maj) against  David Ling
13:39
MIN
Jason Wiemer  Instigator - Misconduct against  David Ling
17:10
CBJ
Duvie Westcott  Holding - Obstruction
3rd Period
04:28
CBJ
Brian Holzinger  Hooking - Obstruction
08:57
MIN
Filip Kuba  Hi-sticking against  Nikolay Zherdev
16:19
CBJ
Rick Nash  Roughing against  Andrei Zyuzin
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 23TOI: 59:07
Saves: 21EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .913SH: 6 - 6
Marc Denis
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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