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Minnesota Wild win in shootout, 3-2 over Columbus Blue Jackets

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Marek Zidlicky and Antti Miettinen scored in the shootout and Niklas Backstrom made two saves to lift the Minnesota Wild past the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2 on Saturday night.

Zidlicky slid his shot under goalie Steve Mason's glove and Miettinen sent the puck between the goalie's legs to seal the victory.

Benoit Pouliot and Brent Burns scored for the Wild in regulation, and Kristian Huselius and Rick Nash had goals for the Blue Jackets. Backstrom stopped Huselius with a pad save on a breakaway in overtime.

Less than two minutes into the third period, Burns - playing forward for the second straight game - anchored himself in the slot and redirected a slap shot by Erik Reitz to give the Wild the lead with his fourth goal of the season.

With the other blue-liners playing well and all-star Marian Gaborik still missing because of an unspecified lower-body injury, coach Jacques Lemaire wanted some more punch up front. Burns, who skated on the wing for a few stretches earlier in his career, joined a high-paid, high-profile line with Andrew Brunette and Mikko Koivu.

But Nash, whose tying goal with 11.5 seconds left was waved off because of a high stick in Minnesota on Oct. 25, didn't let the lead last long.

He took the puck away from Minnesota's James Sheppard deep in the Wild zone and deftly sliced across the slot to sneak a backhander past Backstrom to tie it with 12:40 left.

After beating up on the Buffalo Sabres the night before by scoring a season-high six goals, the Blue Jackets stumbled through the first period and managed only six shots on the net. One of them went in, though, thanks to a last-second lapse by the Wild.

With 46 seconds left on a power play, Marek Zidlicky faked a slap shot and sent pass to Eric Belanger on his left for an attempt at a redirection. Mason gave up a long rebound, and Pouliot was right there for an easy tap in between defenceman Fedor Tyutin's legs.

But less than two minutes later, Backstrom dropped to the ice as he stopped a shot by Derick Brassard during a rush started by Nash. Backstrom was helpless as an uncovered Huselius poked in a rebound on the other side to tie the game with 30.2 seconds left.

Minnesota wasn't whistled for a penalty until the final minute of the second period, when a tripping call on Koivu negated a power play the began 46 seconds earlier.

Notes: Burns gave the Wild their first even-strength goal in 191 minutes 52 seconds, a drought that dated three games back to Nov. 6. Brunette had the last one. They scored five times on the power play during that stretch. ... The Wild began Thursday a stretch where they play 10 out of 12 at home. In the first four of those games at Xcel Energy Center, their opponent will be playing on back-to-back nights. ... Nash scored for the third straight game after going nine consecutive games without a goal. ... Blue Jackets D Rostislav Klesla, who missed four games to a wrist injury earlier this month, was scratched because of an ankle injury.

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