ST. PAUL, Minn. – R.J. Umberger scored a short-handed goal with just more than nine minutes to play and Mathieu Garon made 21 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday night.
Derek Dorsett and Derek MacKenzie each scored their first goals of the season for the Blue Jackets (2-2), who bounced back from a poor effort in Friday night's 5-2 loss to Chicago.
With the game tied 2-2 and Minnesota on the power play, Umberger stuffed the puck past goalie Niklas Backstrom at 10:58 of the third period. Umberger's third goal of the season was confirmed after a lengthy video review.
Garon, making his first start of the season, held off Minnesota the rest of the way. He made several key saves in the final minute after Minnesota pulled Backstrom for an extra skater.
Brent Burns and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Wild, and Martin Havlat recorded two assists. Backstrom made 22 saves.
A night after being routed by Chicago in their home opener, the Blue Jackets played with much more energy against the Wild.
Columbus opened the scoring 13:14 in when Dorsett scored his first of the season. Dorsett jammed in the rebound of a shot from the left circle by Kris Russell.
The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead at 9:33 of the second period. Just after an impressive Columbus power play finished, Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard found a wide open MacKenzie just to the right of Backstrom. MacKenzie quickly fired the puck into the net.
The Wild, who entered as the NHL's most efficient this season on the power play, tied the game at 2 with a rare even-strength goal. Clutterbuck knocked in the rebound of Martin Havlat's shot with 3:17 left in the second period.
The goal was only Minnesota's second 5-on-5 tally of the season and the first in more than 218 minutes of game action. Minnesota's only other even-strength came in the first period of the Wild's opener against Carolina in Finland.
NOTES: The announced attendance of 17,336 was the Wild's first non-capacity crowd for a regular-season game in franchise history. The team considered its sellout streak snapped when it failed to sell out a preseason game last month. ... The Wild announced its All-First Decade team during the first intermission. The team included forwards Andrew Brunette, Marian Gaborik and Mikko Koivu; defensemen Nick Schultz and Burns with Backstrom as the goalie. ... Columbus D Anton Stralman was scratched from the lineup one night after sustaining an upper body injury against Chicago. ... Columbus' Kristian Huselius was held without a goal after scoring in each of the previous three games.