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Postgame Hat Trick: Blue Jackets 5, Wild 4 (OT)

Ennis scores twice but Minnesota loses third-period lead in home opener

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-4 overtime loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday night:

1. For the fourth time this season, the Wild was tied or ahead in the third period. Unfortunately for Minnesota, it has just one victory to show for it.

Tyler Ennis' second goal of the game gave the Wild a 4-2 lead less than two minutes into the third period.

It took just 57 seconds for Columbus to answer, making it a one-goal deficit once again. Josh Anderson tied the game at 4 with 3:37 remaining and Alexander Wennberg scored the winner 47 seconds into overtime, earning the Blue Jackets the extra point.

It was Cam Atkinson's goal that really stung, however. It was the second time in the game the Blue Jackets answered a Minnesota goal with one of their own; Zach Werenski scored 35 seconds after Eric Staal gave the Wild a 1-0 lead late in the first period.

"It felt like they just kept answering back. We've got to find a way to be assertive and make stops defensively," Staal said. "They've got a good team. They've got some skill and players that can make plays but when you get that lead you want to be able to shut them down and close it out. We weren't able to do that tonight."

Minnesota scored twice to tie the game in the season opener in Detroit before eventually losing 4-2 to the Red Wings. Two nights later, the Wild surrendered a two-goal third-period lead to the Carolina Hurricanes before losing in a shootout.

The late-game issues left the usually wordy Bruce Boudreau a little short of them.

Video: Bruce Boudreau postgame vs. Blue Jackets

"I don't know what the word is that I want to use, but it's embarrassing," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "It's a mindset that they have to [have]. We can't be thinking scoring every time we're out there. Sometimes, we're thinking defending. We have to think defend, especially when you have a lead. 

"It's been addressed yesterday, it's been addressed today about leads in the third period, it's been addressed every day this week as a matter of fact."

2. Landon Ferraro was one of four players recalled from Iowa on Friday. Less than 24 hours later, playing in his first career game with Minnesota, Ferraro scored his first goal with the club.

Wild fans in the eastern endzone of Xcel Energy Center should get credited with the first assist. Ferraro cruised into the offensive zone and rifled a snap shot in the direction of Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The netminder made the initial stop, but the puck leaked ever so slowly behind him, laying still in the blue paint. 

While players on both teams had assumed the rubber was somewhere in Bobrovsky's pads and waited for a whistle, the fans behind the net alerted the guys in green jerseys that the puck was in fact loose. 

"It was 100 percent [the fans]," Ferraro said. "I figured he already had it. It hit him right in the stomach and it somehow squeaked through. Just hearing them, I knew it had to be on the other side. I just tried to lay out for it and get as much of it as I could."

Like any good basketball player, Ferraro followed his shot and was rewarded at the goal mouth, beating a pair of Blue Jackets defensemen and jamming the loose puck past Bobrovsky. 

For Ferraro, who sat out much of last season while rehabbing a knee injury, the goal served as a reward for a year's worth of hard work to get back. It was his seventh career NHL goal and first since March 1, 2016, when he was a member of the Boston Bruins.

"It's really nice," Ferraro said. "I was hoping to one in the first couple games down in Iowa just to kind of get that feeling again. To have your first one in almost a year is something that's pretty exciting."

Zack Mitchell, another Friday call-up, earned his first NHL point with the lone assist on the goal.

3. Speaking of firsts, Ennis scored his first goal as a member of the Wild, then doubled his pleasure with a power-play tally early in the third.

Both goals were of the power play variety, and his first one came thanks to a nice cross-rink pass from his best pal, Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon.

"It was a pretty special moment for us," Ennis said. "It's kind of a dream come true to play in the NHL with Jared, and then for him to set me up on my first goal with Minnesota, it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

After scoring the goal, Spurgeon threw his hands in the air and raced toward his buddy, before doubling back to retrieve the puck from the goal mouth.

Video: Locker Room postgame vs. Columbus

Ennis' second of the night was a redirection of a shot by Mikko Koivu, one that bounced off his skate and past Bobrovsky.

Ennis is off to a solid start with his new club. He's now posted at least one point in three of his first four games, scoring two goals and adding two assists during that span. 

Loose Pucks

Charlie Coyle's franchise-record iron man streak of 316 consecutive games played came to an end. Coyle had played in every game since Nov. 5, 2013.

• Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had two assists.

• Minnesota continued its streak of gaining at least one point in every home opener in franchise history; the Wild is now 14-0-3 in Xcel Energy Center lid lifters.

• Spurgeon blocked a game-high six shots and led all skaters with five hits.

• Wild forward Luke Kunin made his NHL debut on Saturday, seeing 13:53 of ice time. 

• Attendance: 19,064

He Said It

"You don't like to see some of the injuries that they have here, it's not something you want to see, but somebody's gotta come in and play and you just gotta do your best.." -- Wild forward Landon Ferraro

They Said It

"I'm thrilled about the different situations we've been put in in five games and we have a 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 great about our game, you never know what ... is going to happen and I'm glad we're on the right side of it." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella  

Three Stars

* Alexander Wennberg

** Tyler Ennis

*** David Savard

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