COLUMBUS, Ohio – Zach Parise scored his fourth career hat trick and second this season to lead the Minnesota Wild over the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Parise's empty-net goal with 57 seconds left gave Minnesota a 3-1 lead. Nick Foligno cut the deficit to one 41 seconds later, a goal that was challenged by the Wild but upheld.
Mikael Granlund won the ensuing faceoff and scored into Columbus' empty net again 2 seconds later. The two goals 2 seconds apart tied an NHL record.
Granlund also had two assists, as did Ryan Suter.
Wild forward Mikko Koivu went hard into the boards after a shove by David Savard and was taken to the hospital. There was no immediate update on his status.
Cam Atkinson scored for the Blue Jackets.
Parise scored his second goal during a 4-on-4 at 12:43 of the second period. Columbus held a power play for 17 seconds following a high-sticking call on Justin Fontaine before Savard was whistled for hooking.
Atkinson tied it 1-all early in the second period off a feed from behind the net by Scott Hartnell.
Minnesota led 1-0 after Parise slipped a shot past goalie Anton Forsberg at 17:22 of the first.
Forsberg started his first game of the season after earning his first career win in place of an injured Curtis McElhinney — who was filling in for Sergei Bobrovsky — on - Saturday in Columbus' 5-4 shootout victory against Washington.
The Blue Jackets pulled Forsberg with 1:45 remaining, leaving their net empty.
Columbus had its best chance to tie the game in the second period while on the power play and before Savard's penalty, but couldn't capitalize when forward Ryan Johansen saw the puck hop over his stick to the left of an empty net.
Forsberg, up from the minors on emergency recall due to injuries, stopped 29 of 31 shots.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves to earn his 17th win of the season.
The victory was Minnesota's first in 2016. The Wild had dropped back-to-back games at Tampa Bay and Carolina on Saturday and Sunday.
Columbus had won two straight.
NOTES: Parise's previous hat trick came in the season opener at Colorado on Oct. 8. ... Attendance was 12,411.