NHL: Columbus 5, Minnesota 4 (OT)

March 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn., March 19 (UPI) -- Antoine Vermette scored on a Minnesota turnover with 34 seconds left in overtime Saturday, handing the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory.

Wild defenseman Brent Burns partially fanned on a clearing attempt from behind his own net, putting the puck right on the stick of Vermette. The Blue Jackets' center fired it past Niklas Backstrom for the game-winner.

The overtime goal salvaged only the second win in 11 games for Columbus, which had squandered a two-goal lead late the contest.

Rick Nash scored two goals and added a pair of assists, Sami Lepisto contributed three helpers and Mathieu Garon stopped 32-of-36 shots for the Blue Jackets.

Antti Miettinen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard each scored in the final 5:07 of regulation to rally the Wild, but they couldn't finish and fell to 2-6-2 in their last 10 games.

Backstrom ended with 28 saves for the Minnesota.

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