LW Dany Heatley
and RW Devin Setoguchi
each scored a goal in their first game with Minnesota, C Matt Cullen
scored 1:10 into the contest, and D Marco Scandella
notched his first NHL goal, as the Wild won another home opener, 4-2, over the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of an overflow sellout of 19,040 at Xcel Energy Center. G Niklas Backstrom
made 29 saves for the Wild, which visits the New York Islanders for a special Columbus Day matinee Monday at 12 p.m. (ct).
LW Dany Heatley
, acquired from San Jose on July 3, scored a goal in his Wild debut. Heatley is a two-time, 50-goal scorer. He added an assist.
RW Devin Setoguchi
, acquired from San Jose on June 24, scored his first goal in a Wild uniform.
C Matt Cullen
established a team record by scoring 1:10 into the season. The previous record was Marc Chouinard, who scored 1:43 in against Calgary on Oct. 5, 2005, en route to a hat trick.
D Marco Scandella
tallied his first career goal – on the power play – after accruing two assists in 20 games last season.
G Niklas Backstrom
made 29 saves to improve to 5-0-0 all-time in Wild home openers. Backstrom is 8-3-1 in his career against Columbus.
RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard
notched two assists. Bouchard, who skated just 60 games the last two seasons with concussion symptoms, had two multiple-assist games last season. The Wild improved to 29-3-0 when Bouchard has two or more assists, including a perfect 21-0-0 at home.
RW Brett Bulmer
made his NHL debut, skating 11:06 and recording a big hit on Columbus captain Rick Nash.
Minnesota has killed off its last 41 shorthanded chances – including six tonight – versus the Blue Jackets dating back to Nov. 23, 2007.
The crowd of 19,040 marked the second-highest attendance for a Wild home opener. The highest – also the team record for a game – was 19,398, Oct. 5, 2005, against Calgary, the first game back after the NHL lockout.
Minnesota improved to 6-4-1 all-time in season openers.
The Wild honored Derek Boogaard and Pavol Demitra prior to the game. Members of Boogaard’s family were in attendance for the Wild home opener. The organization continues to be supportive, and has been in discussions with the family about a “Derek Boogaard Night” for an upcoming Wild home game. The club expects to finalize those plans and make an announcement soon.