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Johansen, Atkinson lead Blue Jackets past Wild

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 1:45 AM

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Johansen, Atkinson lead Blue Jackets past Wild
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Minnesota Wild 1
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Johansen
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:46
Nino Niederreiter
2nd
Nino Niederreiter
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 19:54
Mikael Granlund
3rd
Mikael Granlund
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 20:11

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
18:09
CBJ
Ryan Johansen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Chaput (1), Cam Atkinson (1)
1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
04:23
CBJ
Cam Atkinson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Johansen (1), Ryan Murray (1)
2 - 0 CBJ
07:53
CBJ
Mark Letestu (1) Snap shot - ASST: Cody Goloubef (1), Blake Comeau (1)
3 - 0 CBJ
10:09
MIN
PPG - Nino Niederreiter (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Charlie Coyle (1), Mikael Granlund (1)
3 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
06:30
MIN
Marco Scandella  Interference  - 2 min against  Jake Hansen
15:04
MIN
Jake Dowell  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody Bass
15:04
CBJ
Cody Bass  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jake Dowell
16:01
CBJ
Michael Chaput  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
2nd Period
08:50
CBJ
Jake Hansen  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Niklas Backstrom
11:51
MIN
Stephane Veilleux  Hooking  - 2 min against  Cody Goloubef
3rd Period
08:51
CBJ
Cody Goloubef  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mikael Granlund
12:33
CBJ
Cody Goloubef  Holding  - 2 min against  Nino Niederreiter
goalie stats
Jeremy Smith
SA: 21TOI: 59:59
GA: 1SV%: .952
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 10TOI: 30:09
GA: 3SV%: .700
Darcy Kuemper
Darcy Kuemper
SA: 7TOI: 27:12
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
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