Jared Spurgeon Scores 3-2 in OT As Wild Beat Blue Jackets – WCCO

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ST. PAUL, Min. (AP) – Jared Spurgeon scored on a give-and-go 1:24 in overtime and the Minnesota Wild recovered to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 to give Marc-Andre Fleury a win in his Minnesota debut Saturday night.

Fleury, the three-time Stanley Cup winner who has the fourth most playoff wins in NHL history, stopped 23 shots for Minnesota, which won its fifth game in a row.

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Kirill Kaprizov scored twice, including an equalizing goal with 1:03 left in the third period to move the game into extra time. The Wild are three points clear of St. Louis for second place in the Central Division after the Blues lost at home to Carolina.

Jake Bean and Jakub Voracek scored for Columbus and Elvis Merzlikins made 35 saves.

Fleury’s debut, following a trade-deadline deal that sent a conditional first-round roster in 2022 to Chicago, was delayed a bit as he sat down for the past two games while Cam Talbot racked up a couple of wins.

Fleury, the 37-year-old former Vezina Trophy winner, was not tested much early. Columbus didn’t register his first shot until almost five minutes into the game, and Minnesota defeated the Blue Jackets 14-8 in the first period.

Kaprizov gave the Wild the lead with a power play goal midway through the first. Mats Zuccarello sent a pass from behind the net to the other side where Kaprizov was able to sneak a quick shot past Merzlikins from a difficult angle.

Kaprizov has 11 goals and six assists in his last 14 games. He equaled Brian Rolston for the second most points in a single season in team history with 79. Only Marian Gaborik had more with 83 in 2007-08.

Zuccarello set his best career with his 45th assist. He has 63 points in his career, 11 of them in his last 11 games.

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Bean and Voracek turned the game in Columbus’ favor in the second. Bean got his fifth goal of the season and first in 25 games after a scrum for Fleury. Fleury spread out to try to save, but seemed to kick the puck in with the back of his skate.

Voracek scored his fifth of the season with 1:05 left in the period with a big shot from the right for Fleury.


Blue Jackets defender Zach Werenski left the game in the first period with an upper body injury and never returned. Werenski, who has 10 goals and 32 assists this season, was dealt a major blow from Minnesota defender Jacob Middleton.


Blue Jackets: Homecoming against the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Wild: Talbot returns to the grid as Minnesota hosts leading Colorado on Sunday.

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