ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sam Atkinson and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist, and a Columbus Blue Jackets split squad beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 in a preseason game Tuesday night.
Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets, who got 20 saves from Jeremy Smith.READ MORE: Royce Lewis 'Couldn't Be Happier' About Time With Twins
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Johansen gave Columbus a 1-0 lead with 1:51 left in the first period, scoring on a rebound after Michael Chaput was stopped on a breakaway out of the penalty box. Atkinson put a rebound behind Niklas Backstrom at 4:23 of the second, and Letestu made it 3-0 at 7:53 with a wrist shot from the left circle.
Niederreiter knocked in a rebound of Charlie Coyle’s shot for a power-play goal in the second. Backstrom stopped seven shots before being replaced by Darcy Kuemper midway through the game. Kuemper also made seven saves.MORE NEWS: 65 Minneapolis City Employees Speak Out On ‘Toxic And Racist’ Culture In City Coordinator’s Office
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