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Kuemper out dueled by Bobrovsky as the Minnesota Wild fall in a shootout

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The Minnesota Wild capped a four-game home stand with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild forced the game to overtime and the shootout by scoring early in the third period. Zach Parise beat out an icing and fed a pass behind the net to Jason Pominville for the one-timer.

Sergei Bobrovsky has been the Wild’s nemesis the last couple seasons. In his last two appearances against the Wild, both at the Xcel Energy Center, he has stopped 71 of 74 shots for a .959 save percentage.

“I don’t know what it is,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “I don’t know if it is just being in Minnesota or if there is something about this building. It certainly looks like he is comfortable playing in this building. He is the main reason we got two points.”

A game dominated by the goaltenders ended with a controversial reviewed goal in a shootout. Ryan Johansen, the first sudden death shooter for the Blue Jackets, made a forehand to backhand move that Kuemper thought he made a successful poke check.

“I guess it’s kind of a gray area there,” Kuemper said. “The bottom line is I had two chances before that to finish it.

I thought I poked - it’s not like I gave up on the play, he still made a good recovery and scored. I thought once I poked it, it wasn’t a goal.”

The Rulebook states: The puck must be kept in motion towards the opponent's goal line and once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete. No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the puck off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal), and any time the puck crosses the goal line or comes to a complete stop, the shot shall be considered complete."

The difficult part was Johansen’s backward stick handle, which kept Kuemper’s stick from making contact with the puck, and the first part of the rule - the puck must kept in motion towards the opponent’s goal lilne.

Either way, the Wild, despite losing three of the four games on the home stand got five out of a possible eight points.

“Down the stretch here every point is important,” Moulson said. “We’d like to get two points every game, but we have to keep collecting points. We have to make sure we are playing our best down the stretch here.”

The Blue Jackets (35-26-6) got on the board first when Dalton Prout’s shot from the point deflected off Jonas Brodin’s leg and into the net.

The Wild return to action Monday against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden.

Three Stars

No. 3 - Ryan Johansen. The Blue Jackets forward scored the shootout winning goal.

No. 2 - Darcy Kuemper. The Wild goaltender stopped 28 shots.

No. 1 - Sergei Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets goaltender stopped 32 shots.

Boxscore

Columbus……0 1 0 0 - 2

Minnesota……0 0 1 0 - 1

First Period - None. Penalties - None.

Second Period - 1, Columbus, Prout 2 (Johnson, Calvert), 19:38. Penalties - Savard, CBJ (interference), 9:04.

Third Period - 2, Minnesota, Pominville 25 (Parise, Suter), 3:12. Penalties - None.

Overtime - None. Penalties - None.

Shootout - Columbus: Atkinson (save), Anismov (goal), Letestu (goal), Johansen (goal). Minnesota: Parise (goal), Koivu (goal), Pominviulle (miss), Moulson (save).

Shots on goal - Columbus 11-11-6-1 29. Minnesota 12-12-8-1 33.

Goalies - Columbus, Bobrovsky (32-33). Minnesota, Kuemper (28-29). Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen - Brian Mach, Brad Lazarowich.

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