Pierre-Marc Bouchard felt some small sense of personal satisfaction Tuesday night. With the Wild staggering through the third period, the winger took a perfect pass from Torrey Mitchell and darted between two Columbus defenders, then shot over the glove of goalie Steve Mason.
That gave Bouchard his 100th career goal, a particularly meaningful milestone for a player whose livelihood was nearly derailed by concussions over the past three seasons. He was more proud that it also secured a 3-2 victory that ended his team's three-game winless streak. After showing marked improvement through the first two periods, the Wild (3-2-1) was almost undone by the shaky third until Bouchard bailed it out in front of an announced crowd of 17,584 at Xcel Energy Center.
During the first 40 minutes, the Wild did a much better job of getting pucks deep, controlling play and bottling up the Blue Jackets (2-4-1), who lost for the fourth time in five games. In the third, it grew tentative, losing its grip on a 2-0 lead. Jack Johnson's power-play goal at seven minutes, 32 seconds of the third tied the score as Columbus outshot the Wild 11-1 through the first 11 minutes.
Bouchard's milestone goal earns Wild a win
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Jan 30