Niklas Backstrom stopped 43 shots against Columbus on Tuesday, leading Minnesota to a 4-2 victory at Nationwide Arena.
Minnesota was an underdog by -102 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.5.
Matt Cullen, Devin Setoguchi, Cal Clutterbuck, and Nick Johnson each scored for the Wild in the victory. Cullen opened the scoring for Minnesota, finding the back of the net at 10:32 of the second period. The goal was assisted by Kyle Brodziak and Jared Spurgeon.
Niklas Backstrom turned in a 43-save effort for the Wild.
Antoine Vermette and Mark Letestu scored for the Blue Jackets, finding the net behind Niklas Backstrom.
Columbus got a 20-stop effort from Steve Mason in the loss.
On the power play, Minnesota went 1-for-5, while the Blue Jackets were 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
Columbus outshot Minnesota 45-24 in the game.
Next game, Minnesota takes its act home to face Colorado looking for another win. For Columbus, they head on the road to face Boston.