ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 29 (UPI) --
A late goal by Pierre-Marc Bouchard
proved to be the difference in the Minnesota Wild's 3-2 home-ice win over Columbus Tuesday.
Bouchard streaked down the center of the Blue Jackets' goal, took a pass from Torrey Mitchell and snapped a wrist shot over the glove of Steve Mason to break a 2-2 tie at 14:41.
The win snapped a three-game Minnesota losing streak and handed Columbus their fifth loss in six games.
Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist for Minnesota. Tom Gilbert scored late in the first period to stake the Wild to a 2-0 lead.
Columbus battled back to tie the game on a second-period goal by Mark Letestu and a power-play goal by Jack Johnson at 7:32 of the third period.
Niklas Backstrom notched 17 saves in the win and Mason finished with 23 saves.
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