With the score knotted, 2-2, the defenseman, a first-round pick by the Wild in the 2003 NHL Draft, poked in his first goal of the season as Minnesota won its second straight game to open the new season.
Goalie Fredrik Norrena stopped 28 of 31 shots for the Blue Jackets, who shut out defending Stanley Cup Cup champion Anaheim Friday night.
On the power play, Columbus converted its only chance, and Minnesota was 0-for-4.
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