ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Owen Nolan's first goal in the new NHL season Saturday night secured the Minnesota Wild's 2-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The veteran right wing scored at 7:59 of the third period after an assist on Pierre-Marc Bouchard's first goal in 2008-09 in the first period.
Two others had one assist, while goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 25-of-26 shots for the Wild, who remained undefeated in regulation (5
1) at the start of the season.
Columbus' lone goal was scored by defenseman Rostislav Klesla at 11:34 of the third. Captain Rick Nash had a goal waved off with 11.5 seconds remaining.
Goalie Pascal Leclaire surrendered one goal on 14 shots before leaving 5:24 into the second period with a sprained ankle. His replacement, Fredrik Norrena, gave up one goal on nine shots in the Blue Jackets' third loss in their last four contests.
Minnesota finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Columbus was 0-for-2.