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Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota Attendance: 17,057
After ending skid, Blue Jackets look to tame Wild
Columbus Blue Jackets at Minnesota Wild
- Each of Columbus' last three games, and six of the team's last eight games, have gone to overtime or ended in a shootout. The Blue Jackets are 1-3-5 in their last nine games, allowing 3.22 goals per game, after going 9-0-1 in their previous 10 games, allowing 1.10 goals per game.
- The Wild have not scored or allowed a power-play goal in each of their last five games, going 2-2-1 in that time. In their previous five games they went 8-for-17 (47.1) with the man advantage and killed 16 of 20 penalties (80.0), going 4-1-0 in those games.
- This is the first meeting between Columbus and Minnesota this season -- the Wild won the most recent meeting, 2-1. Prior to that game, the Blue Jackets earned points in five consecutive meetings.
- Emil Bemstrom scored the game-winning goal in his 50th career game on Monday -- three of his seven goals have been game winners. The Blue Jackets have received 69 points from their rookies this season, second most in the NHL (Blackhawks, 93).
- Marcus Foligno scored Minnesota's lone goal on Sunday and now needs one more for 75 career goals. He has just two points (1g, 1a) in his last 12 games after having eight points (5g, 3a) in his previous eight skates.
- The Blue Jackets are playing their second game of a back-to-back tonight -- they are 5-5-1 in such games this season. The Wild are 2-5-1 when their opponent is in the second game of a back-to-back, worst record in the NHL.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets finally ended their eight-game losing streak on Monday.
Now they will try to put together a winning streak when they play the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night in Saint Paul, Minn.
The Blue Jackets snapped their 0-3-5 skid with a 4-3 victory against visiting the Ottawa Senators, winning on Emil Bemstrom's goal 4:35 into overtime.
"I've been waiting for that all season," Bemstrom said. "That's the first time I've scored (in overtime), so I guess I'm happy. I want to play well. I have to do that to keep my confidence."
Nick Foligno scored twice for Columbus, and Stefan Matteau netted the tying goal at 9:45 of the third period.
"We just hung with it. I'm really proud of the guys for that," said Foligno, the team's captain who was sporting two black eyes after taking a puck in the face Thursday. "We found a way to gut it out, but we have to be better than that."
While the Blue Jackets are tied with the New York Islanders for the top wild-card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, the victory might have been a costly one.
Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins, the NHL leader with five shutouts, allowed two goals on 18 shots before sustaining an undisclosed injury in a collision with Senators forward Anthony Duclair midway through the second period. That came minutes after Columbus forward Riley Nash left with an injury. There was no word on the status of either player after the game.
Goalie Joonas Korpisalo, in his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury Dec. 29, made 14 saves in relief.
"I didn't plan on that," Korpisalo said. "It's sad to see something like that kind of stuff happen to Elvis. I didn't see what really happened, but it's not fun."
The Wild sustained a 4-1 loss Sunday at home to the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, snapping a two-game winning streak.
Marcus Foligno scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 22 shots for Minnesota, which is fifth in the Western Conference wild-card race.
"We are still in it," Foligno said. "We still have 20-something games left. ... Just because of the trade deadline (Monday), there's still the common goal of making the playoffs."
The Wild, who recently traded winger Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins, stayed quiet at the trade deadline despite reports that left winger Zach Parise would be on the move.
"It's never an easy time of the year, to be completely honest. There's a lot of emotions involved, and there's a lot of different things that go along with it that are out of your control," Wild forward Eric Staal said. "We'll come to work ... and do our best to learn from (the St. Louis) game and get better, and then whatever happens, we'll deal with it from there."
Gerry Mayhew, who led the American Hockey League with 39 goals in 48 games, was recalled by the Wild and practiced on the first line Monday with Staal and Kevin Fiala.
"It felt good (to be out there with them)," Mayhew told NHL.com. "Two skilled guys who have played in the NHL for a while. I'm just trying to keep up."
The Blue Jackets made two trades Monday at the deadline, acquiring center Devin Shore from the Anaheim Ducks for winger Sonny Milano, and sending forward Markus Hannikainen to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional 2020 seventh-round draft pick.
Shore is expected to join the team Tuesday in Minnesota.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 25, 2020