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Recap: Blue Jackets 3, Wild 2
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Date: April 13, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
  

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - While Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards lamented his team's play after a big win at Minnesota, Mike Yeo tried to focus on the positives in the Wild's third straight loss.

Both teams need to get their offenses going as the playoff race tightens.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots, Vinny Prospal and Fedor Tyutin scored in regulation, and Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson scored in a shootout to lift the Blue Jackets over the Wild 3-2 on Saturday.

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The Blue Jackets won their third straight and pulled even with Detroit and Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 45 points.

The Wild dropped their third straight and were left clinging to a two-point lead over the Red Wings, Stars and Blue Jackets with 47 points.

``You aren't going to complain about a win or anything like that, but we've got to be a lot better,' Richards said after watching his Blue Jackets spend most of the night in their own zone while Minnesota dictated the pace.

But the Wild couldn't solve Bobrovsky, and the Columbus offense needed only a six-minute stretch in the second period to take the lead.

In the shootout, Bobrovsky stopped Wild stars Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.

``Our goalie was better than their goalie, by a wide margin,' Richards said. ``He earned us the two points tonight.'

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota, and Niklas Backstrom had 20 saves.

Still, Yeo tried to keep an upbeat tone, lauding his team's resolve.

``The bottom line is that's a big point for us,' Yeo said. ``When you're down and their goalie is playing like that, to tie it up late, that's a big point.'

Pominville's third-period goal made it 2-all after the Wild offense had controlled most of the game. It was a far cry for Columbus from the previous night, when the Blue Jackets snapped St. Louis' six-game winning streak.

``I think they definitely had a little bit more jump than we did tonight,' Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said. ``I think we played better last night than we did tonight. Sometimes you got to win games that you shouldn't.'

The Wild broke a 137-minute scoring drought late in the first period when Bouchard tipped the puck after Brett Clark sent it toward the net from the left circle.

The puck went off Johnson's skate past Bobrovsky, and Bouchard was credited with his fifth goal of the season to put Minnesota up 1-0 at 15:59.

Prospal tied it nearly four minutes into the second off a pretty backhand pass from Brandon Dubinsky from behind the net.

Two minutes later, Tyutin put Columbus up 2-1 with a slap shot from the left circle at 6:18.

Notes: Things got heated in the opening seconds when Brandon Dubinsky went at Wild C Charlie Coyle for leveling Artem Anisimov with his shoulder. Coyle was assessed a match penalty and ejected, and Dubinsky was given a 10-minute major for instigating. Afterward, Yeo said he thought the hit was clean, and that the Wild should've had a power play due to Dubinsky's instigating. The fight was the first of Coyle's NHL career. ... Anisimov did not return to the game. ... Tyutin played in his 600th game of his career. ... Wild C Matt Cullen (lower body), F Dany Heatley (shoulder) and C Zenon Konopka all sat out injured. Earlier in the day, Cullen practiced for the first time since getting hurt April 1. Yeo said Cullen would accompany the team on the upcoming three-game road trip. ... Columbus F and former Wild star Marian Gaborik was booed in pregame introductions and nearly every time he touched the puck.

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 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 COB  +125      5 
 MIN  -145      
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 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 COB  +130      5 
 MIN  -150      
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 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 COB  17%   7%   52% 
 MIN  83%   93%   48% 
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 NHL HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 3 Under: 3 
 COB 0 Cover: 297 
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 Jan 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COB 2 Under: 5 
 MIN 3 Cover: 176 
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 NHL RECAPS
 Saturday, Apr 13
 
    Flyers at Sabres
3:05 PM EDT
    Canucks at Avalanche
3:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Islanders
7:05 PM EDT
    Lightning at Capitals
7:05 PM EDT
    Bruins at Hurricanes
7:05 PM EDT
    Canadiens at Maple Leafs
7:05 PM EDT
    Penguins at Panthers
7:35 PM EDT
    Sharks at Stars
8:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jackets at Wild
8:05 PM EDT
    Flames at Oilers
10:05 PM EDT
    Ducks at Kings
11:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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