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Columbus Blue Jackets rookie Nikita Filatov nets hat trick in 4-2 victory

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nikita Filatov became the first Columbus rookie to score three goals in a game, helping the Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday night.

Derek Dorsett also scored, while Jakub Voracek added a career-high three assists and Michael Peca had two more for Columbus, which has won seven of eight at home.

The 18-year-old Filatov scored eight goals at the recent world junior championships in Ottawa to lead Russia to the bronze medal. He was recalled soon after by Columbus and now has four goals in six career games.

Rookie goalie Steve Mason, who entered as the league leader with six shutouts and a 1.74 goals-against average - and was not picked for the upcoming All-Star game - made 21 saves to improve to 15-9-1. Fans chanted his name as the third period wound down.

Marek Zidlicky had a power-play goal and assist, and Antti Miettinen scored for the Wild, who continued to struggle offensively and on the road. They came in as the second-lowest scoring team and have lost eight of 10 away from St. Paul.

Tied 1-1 entering the third, the Blue Jackets scored three goals in 4:12 to pull away.

Dorsett stuffed home a centring pass at 2:23 on a 2-on-1 rush with Alexandre Picard.

Filatov made it 3-1, snapping a shot from the left circle at 4:59 over Josh Harding, making only his ninth appearance of the season. He got the start in place of All-Star selection Niklas Backstrom, who has been battling the flu.

Just 1:35 later, Filatov scored from the right circle, again on assists from Peca and Voracek.

Filatov opened the scoring, stealing the puck from Martin Skoula at the Wild blue-line. With Filatov on a breakaway, Harding dove for the puck and Filatov went airborne and crashed into the goal after the puck crossed the line just 3:21 into the game.

Miettinen tied it at 10:01 of the first period for his 10th and only second in 14 games on a seemingly innocent snap shot from the point.

Zidlicky rounded out the scoring with a long shot in the game's final minute for his sixth.

The Blue Jackets' role players and youth have had to contribute more due to injuries. Six regulars are out, not including backup goalie Pascal Leclaire. The injury list includes three of the team's top six scorers, led by points leader and captain Rick Nash.

Notes: The Blue Jackets entered having allowed one even-strength goal in the last seven games. ... The Wild finished a four-game road trip 2-2. ... Blue Jackets' LW Fredrik Modin played in his 800th career game.

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