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Blue Jackets rally for overtime win against Wild

Wennberg scores 47 seconds into OT to spoil Minnesota's home opener

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Alexander Wennberg scored 47 seconds into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-4 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Columbus (4-1-0) rallied from down two goals in the third period for its third consecutive win.

 

[WATCH: All Blue Jackets vs. Wild highlights]

 

"I think we're a little too cute, not shooting the puck enough. I thought we simplified a little bit better in the third period and found a way to win the game," coach John Tortorella said. "You don't want to draw it up this way, but it's all good.

"We got a good group of guys. They hung in there together, they didn't panic, and they grinded out a win, so I'm pleased about that."

After Tyler Ennis scored on the power play at 1:42 of the third to put the Wild up 4-2, Cam Atkinson got the Blue Jackets within 4-3 at 2:39. Jason Zucker appeared to increase Minnesota's lead to 5-3 on a breakaway at 11:56, but a video review determined that the puck did not cross the goal line.

"That's a game-changer right there," Wennberg said. "The game could be over right there, but we got a lucky bounce and we got some energy from that, and it's all about momentum."

Josh Anderson scored at 16:23 to tie the game 4-4.

Video: CBJ@MIN: Anderson tips in late game-tying goal

"Two goals within a minute … it's embarrassing," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I mean, that's all four games we've played so far, we've been tied or ahead in the third period. We only got one win to show for it."

Sergei Bobrovsky made 17 saves for the Blue Jackets. He has won all four of his games.

Eric Staal scored at 15:50 of the first period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead. He has scored a goal in three consecutive games.

Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski tied it 1-1 when he scored at 16:25.

Ennis gave the Wild a 2-1 lead at 2:58 of the second period when he scored on the power play. It was his first goal for Minnesota after being acquired in a trade from the Buffalo Sabres on June 30.

Video: CBJ@MIN: Werenski pots great dish from Wennberg

Landon Ferraro, who was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Friday, scored at 5:07 of the period to put the Wild ahead 3-1.

Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard scored at 7:42 of the second to make it 3-2.

The Wild (1-1-2) played without forwards Charlie Coyle (fractured right fibula), Marcus Foligno (facial fracture) and Nino Niederreiter (high ankle sprain); each was injured in a 5-2 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. They also were without forwards Zach Parise (undisclosed) and Mikael Granlund (groin).

It was Minnesota's first loss in a home opener since Oct. 3, 2013, when the Los Angeles Kings won 3-2 in a shootout.

Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for Wild.

Video: CBJ@MIN: Atkinson flips home rebound in front

 

Goal of the game

Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin stick-handled around Zucker and Staal to get to the slot for a shot that Dubnyk stopped. The rebound popped up in the air and hit Wennberg's body before going in off the shaft of his stick for the game-winner. "It happened so quick," Wennberg said. "Obviously, I thought it was a goal. I didn't have any intention to put it in with my hand or anything like that. I just went to the net and got rewarded. We didn't know if it was going to count or not, but it was a great win and a fun way to win."

Video: CBJ@MIN: Wennberg knocks home game-winner in OT

 

Save of the game

After Luke Kunin forced Savard to turn over the puck behind the Blue Jackets net, Bobrovsky got his blocker on Wild center Mikko Koivu's shot from the slot off a pass from Kunin, who was making his NHL debut, with 3:11 left in the first period to keep it 1-1.

 

Highlight of the game

Ferraro continued to the net and scored on the rebound after his wrist shot slipped loose behind Bobrovsky. It was his seventh goal in his 76th NHL game.

Video: CBJ@MIN: Ferraro knocks in Mitchell's rebound

 

They said it

"I'm thrilled about the different situations we've been put in in five games and we have found a way to get some success. We are going to have to rely on that and feed off that as we go through some other situations. That's what's great about our game: You never know what the [heck] is going to happen. And I'm glad we're on the right side of it." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on their resiliency

 

"It is embarrassing. I don't understand why … It wasn't what Columbus was doing because I've seen Columbus play 10 times better than that. But the simple plays that you're supposed to be making, managing the puck that you're supposed to be doing, turning pucks over, I mean, I know we haven't played a lot of games … but you can make excuses all day long. These guys are professionals, and they shouldn't be doing that." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on their struggles

 

Need to know

Panarin had three assists. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his first five games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks on June 23. … Kunin was minus-1 with one hit in 13:53 of ice time.

 

What's next

Blue Jackets: At the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Wild: At the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-N, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Wennberg, Blue Jackets take down Wild, 5-4

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