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Zach Parise nets shootout winner in Wild's victory over Blue Jackets

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau spelled out the issue to his players.

Literally.

He wrote the statistics that illustrated his team's woes on the road on the white board for all to absorb, a tactic that underscores just how glaring these struggles have become -- especially in comparison to the success that's rolled in at home.

And the review session seemed to be just the jolt the Wild needed to improve, as the team returned from the All-Star break to corral a 3-2 shootout win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena to secure just their second road win in its last seven tries.

Wingers Zach Parise and Chris Stewart capitalized one-on-one against goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, with Parise delivering the deciding goal in the fourth round. Bobrovsky, who faced a season-high 43 shots from the Wild, racked up 41 saves.

The Wild were in rally mode almost from the get-go, as the Blue Jackets scored just 1:16 after puck drop.

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A David Savard shot wove through traffic and behind goalie Devan Dubnyk for the early Columbus lead after the Wild failed to clear the zone on a number of occasions.

Columbus came close to going up 2-0 of another Savard goal, but video replay determined Savard kicked the puck into the net at 12:19. Although the Wild had no production to show for their efforts in the period, they certainly had chances.

Same can be said for the second period.

Momentum seemed to flip near the outset of the second after a strong shift by center Eric Staal's line.

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