The Wild snapped a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Pierre-Marc Bouchard's goal on a 2-on-1 that Bouchard basically turned into a breakaway with 5:19 left snapped a 2-2 deadlock. It was his 18th career winning goal (third all-time). Just a great play all the way around. Zenon Konopka put the puck around the Wild net to Marco Scandella, who chipped it up ahead to Bouchard inside the blue line. Bouchard passed it across near the Wild bench to Justin Falk and then began flying through the neutral zone. Falk sent it diagonally across the neutral zone to the far blue line for Torrey Mitchell. As Konopka dangled the blue line to stay onside, Mitchell made a soft area pass for Bouchard to accept as he flew across the line. With Fedor Tyutin back and playing the 2-on-1 oddly, Bouchard snapped a shot past Steve Mason. It was the 100th career goal for the franchise's third leading scorer all-time (330 points) mostly known for playmaking (230 assists). Mitchell got his first point with the Wild. Good evening from the Xcel Energy Center press box. Rachel Blount is busy writing the game as I blog. Big sigh of relief from the Wild and its fans tonight as the Wild, which played strong through two periods, again began the penalty-box march in the third period. It took four more minor penalties after taking three in St. Louis. It did give up the tying goal before Bouchard helped the Wild regain its lead, but as Niklas Backstrom said, "the PK guys played huge. They won the game for us in the third period."
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