ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Alexandre Daigle knows a thing or two about comebacks, and it showed Sunday.
With the game tied 2-2 early in the third period, Daigle took a pass from Marian Gaborik and sprinted up the left boards, fighting off a Columbus defender. Goaltender Marc Denis got most of Daigle's low shot between the pads, but the puck trickled behind the goalie toward the net. Denis swung his stick at the puck, attempting to clear it away, and knocked it into the net.
``I saw it get through, but I didn't think it was going in,'' said Daigle. ``It was a total lucky bounce. (Denis) swung at it and hit it just right with his stick. Really lucky bounce.''
The loss extended the Blue Jackets' slide to six games, while the Wild are unbeaten in their last five (2-0-3).
``I'm having a hard time,'' Denis admitted. ``This is no fun. This is pathetic. I don't think anyone in this dressing room can say they are playing their best hockey.''
After a scoreless opening period, Columbus got going on David Vyborny's power-play goal. Minnesota goaltender Manny Fernandez stopped a long-range shot by Anders Eriksson, only to see the rebound bounce right to Vyborny at the right of the net. Vyborny flipped a backhander past Fernandez for his first goal in the past seven games.
Trevor Letowski scored another power-lay goal midway in the period. But Minnesota sent 16 shots at the Columbus net in the second and evened the score in the final three minutes of the period.
``For the first 37 minutes we were real solid, and then we had a three-minute lapse,'' said Letowski. ``It's very repetitive lately, but we just can't get a break.''
Richard Park scored on a shot that hit Denis' glove and trickled in. Then Nick Schultz tied the game on a rising wrist shot with 23.1 seconds left in the period.
Prior to the Wild comeback, Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire had reduced Daigle's playing time Sunday.
``I felt that (Daigle) wasn't playing as well as he could, so I tried some other guys, then came back to him,'' said Lemaire. ``That's when he scored.''
Fernandez finished with 19 saves, while Denis had 27.
|PPG - David Vyborny (20) ASST: Anders Eriksson (17), Andrew Cassels (16)|
1 - 0 CBJ
|PPG - Trevor Letowski (13) ASST: Manny Malhotra (11), Nikolay Zherdev (15)|
2 - 0 CBJ
|Richard Park (12) ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (13), Stephane Veilleux (4)|
2 - 1 CBJ
|Nick Schultz (5) ASST: Alexandre Daigle (25), Andrew Brunette (29)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Alexandre Daigle (14) ASST: Marian Gaborik (14)|
3 - 2 MIN
|Power Play %||17.9%||20.0%|
|% on Road||19.5%||16.7%|
|% at Home||16.3%||23.1%|
|Tyler Wright Tripping against Marian Gaborik|
|Alex Henry Slashing against Tim Jackman|
|Nikolay Zherdev Slashing against Pierre-Marc Bouchard|
|Andrei Zyuzin Hi-sticking against Andrew Cassels|
|Tim Jackman Holding against Andrei Zyuzin|
|Darrel Scoville Tripping against Marian Gaborik|
|Tim Jackman Holding - Obstruction against Marian Gaborik|
|Nikolay Zherdev Interference on goalkeeper against Manny Fernandez|