After taking over 2nd place in the Metro on Thursday, the Blue Jackets slid back into the wild card spot thanks to Philadelphia's victory over Pittsburgh earlier today.

With the Minnesota Wild locked in a playoff chase of their own, both teams were looking for points at any cost, and they played like it.

Both Sergei Bobrovsky and Darcy Kuemper were lights out in the first period, with Bob getting one stunning moment of luck when Jason Pominville had a wide open net on the doorstep, but rang the shot off the post.

Each goaltender would make solid saves in the first period, including Minnesota's first power play of the night, but ended the first period in a 0-0 tie, and that scoreless tie would last through almost the entire second period...when things changed.

As the final minute of play ticked down, Jack Johnson dug the puck out of the end boards in the Minnesota zone before swinging up towards the blue line. Feeding the puck over to Dalton Prout, his new D partner cranked a one timer that found a way through traffic (including a couple of Minnesota sticks) to slip past Kuemper for the opening goal.

Unfortunately, the recent theme of leads slipping away in the early third period reared it's ugly head again - this time thanks to a miscommunication between Prout and Johnson that saw Zach Parise slip behind the Columbus net and feed the puck to a wide open Pominville, who didn't miss his second chance.

With the game tied once again, both teams went into "Prevent" mode - neither squad registered double digits on the third period shot clock - and tie ticked agonizingly away towards the end of regulation.

Columbus had one real scare late in the period when Nathan Horton flipped a puck back towards an unprepared Bobrovsky, but the Vezina winner managed to freeze it before it slipped through or a Minnesota skater could capitalize on it.

Once in OT, each team had a couple of rushes, but nothing really concrete came of it. Columbus' best chance came when Jack Johnson lead a coast-to-coast rush that took the Wild by surprise, but after finally getting the puck to Matt Calvert down low he couldn't pull the trigger.

Five minutes passed all too quickly, and Columbus would face their second shootout in a row.

It didn't look like they'd be able to change the ending to this deja vu moment, as Parise and Mikko Koivu scored back to back, while Cam Atkinson couldn't bury his attempt.

That meant that Artem Anisimov went over the boards with Columbus' hopes on his stick, and Mr. New Dad took care of business, keeping the shootout going, and the Jackets alive.

Pominville attempted to finish the game, but Bob found a key save, which meant that Mark Letestu could force extra shooters. Going wide, he slid down through the right side of the ice before cutting across and finding a gap.

Rallying from the 2-0 deficit, the Columbus bench was energized, and that clearly resonated with their goaltender, who made a toe save on Matt Moulson in the first round of extra shooters, and that meant that Ryan Johansen had the game on his stick.

Changing up his speed as he attacked the net, he stickhandled in a beautiful arc around Kuemper's attempted poke check, then tucked it home past the sprawling goaltender.