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Johansen, Atkinson lead Blue Jackets past Wild

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 1:09 AM

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.

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