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Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Minnesota Wild 3 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Minnesota Wild 3 FINAL
Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Minnesota Wild 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Alexandre Daigle knows a thing or two about comebacks, and it showed Sunday.

Daigle, who has revived his once-promising NHL career this season, scored the winning goal and added an assist as the Minnesota Wild rallied to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:38
CBJ
PPG - David Vyborny (20) Backhand shot - ASST: Anders Eriksson (17), Andrew Cassels (16)
1 - 0 CBJ
08:50
CBJ
PPG - Trevor Letowski (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Manny Malhotra (11), Nikolay Zherdev (15)
2 - 0 CBJ
17:15
MIN
Richard Park (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (13), Stephane Veilleux (4)
2 - 1 CBJ
19:36
MIN
Nick Schultz (5) Snap shot - ASST: Alexandre Daigle (25), Andrew Brunette (29)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
02:43
MIN
Alexandre Daigle (14) Slapshot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (14)
3 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
07:42
CBJ
Tyler Wright  Tripping against  Marian Gaborik
2nd Period
01:00
MIN
Alex Henry  Slashing against  Tim Jackman
03:39
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Slashing against  Pierre-Marc Bouchard
08:21
MIN
Andrei Zyuzin  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Cassels
12:13
CBJ
Tim Jackman  Holding against  Andrei Zyuzin
17:26
CBJ
Darrel Scoville  Tripping against  Marian Gaborik
3rd Period
07:32
CBJ
Tim Jackman  Holding - Obstruction against  Marian Gaborik
11:41
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Interference on goalkeeper against  Manny Fernandez
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 30TOI: 59:35
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Manny Fernandez
SA: 21TOI: 59:48
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .905SH: 2 - 2