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Blue Jackets 4, Wild 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 4, Wild 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Minnesota Wild 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Ethan Moreau and Samuel Pahlsson each had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 exhibition victory over the winless Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Fedor Tyutin and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Blue Jackets (3-3), which beat the Wild for the second time in three days.

"Everyone is still working on getting the system down, but tonight is the best I've seen so far this preseason," Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said.

Antti Miettinen and Matt Cullen scored for the Wild (0-4-2), which finished a disappointing 13th in the Western Conference last year.

"It seems like we're waiting and I don't know what we're waiting for," Wild coach Todd Richards said. "It can't be something where we say, 'OK, let's go now.' By then, it might be too late."

Minnesota was scheduled to leave after the game for Helsinki, Finland, where it will play an exhibition against Tampere Ilves on Monday before opening the regular season on Thursday against Carolina.

After Miettinen cut the Blue Jackets' lead to 2-1 in the second period, Pahlsson slipped a shot past goalie Niklas Backstrom and Voracek scored 1:01 later to put Columbus back in control.

"After the other team scores, your psyche might be to get back on your heels," Arniel said. "We did a great job of getting up and getting after it tonight. That's the kind of mentality you need to have."

Wild defenseman Brent Burns left in the third period after tweaking his back. Richards said the injury didn't appear to be serious.

Cullen's goal was his first at home after signing with the Wild in the offseason.

"Fortunately, none of these count, but we need to get some things in order," Cullen said.

Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash played after missing Tuesday's game with a charley horse.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:09
CBJ
PPG - Fedor Tyutin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kristian Huselius (1), Anton Stralman (1)
1 - 0 CBJ
06:17
CBJ
Ethan Moreau (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Samuel Pahlsson (1)
2 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
01:00
MIN
PPG - Antti Miettinen (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brent Burns (1), Andrew Brunette (1)
2 - 1 CBJ
04:36
CBJ
Samuel Pahlsson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: David Savard (1), Ethan Moreau (1)
3 - 1 CBJ
05:37
CBJ
Jakub Voracek (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Antoine Vermette (1), Marc Methot (1)
4 - 1 CBJ
09:50
MIN
PPG - Matt Cullen (1) Snap shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (2), Mikko Koivu (1)
4 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
03:35
MIN
Brent Burns  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Rick Nash
16:21
CBJ
Grant Clitsome  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Marty Havlat
19:24
CBJ
Ethan Moreau  Tripping  - 2 min against  Mikko Koivu
2nd Period
07:37
MIN
Drew Bagnall  Roughing  - 2 min against  Derek Dorsett
07:37
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing  - 2 min against  Drew Bagnall
09:35
CBJ
Grant Clitsome  Interference  - 2 min against  Antti Miettinen
11:39
MIN
Marco Scandella  Holding  - 2 min against  Derick Brassard
13:44
CBJ
Antoine Vermette  Hooking  - 2 min against  Kyle Brodziak
17:01
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Tripping  - 2 min against  Casey Wellman
19:05
CBJ
Anton Stralman  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Eric Nystrom
3rd Period
00:47
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Tripping  - 2 min against  Derek MacKenzie
19:49
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Jan Hejda
goalie stats
Steve Mason
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
GA: 2SV%: .923
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 27TOI: 58:39
GA: 4SV%: .852
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