Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Columbus leads 3-1

Game 1: Friday, October 28th
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Game 2: Saturday, October 29th
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Game 3: Wednesday, November 30th
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Game 4: Friday, January 27th
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Wild 1

(5-4-2, 12 pts)

Blue Jackets 2

(4-7-0, 8 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 28, 2005

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 SO T
MIN 0 1 0 01
CBJ 0 0 1 12

D. Roloson (Wild - G): Saves: 52, Save Pct.: .981

A. Foote (Blue Jackets - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Prusek (Blue Jackets - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .964

Minnesota (5-4-1) at Columbus (3-7-0) 7:00 pm EDT

Minnesota (5-4-1) at Columbus (3-7-0), 7:00 pm EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to build on an impressive win when they host the suddenly struggling Minnesota Wild on Friday.

After losing five of six, the Blue Jackets handed the Nashville Predators their first loss of the season Wednesday, 3-2, on defenseman Adam Foote's shorthanded goal in overtime.

It was the league's quickest OT goal and the first shorthanded tally to win a game in the extra session this season. More importantly, the goal prevented Nashville, one of Columbus' chief rivals, from moving within one win of the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs for the most consecutive victories to start a season.

The Predators entered the contest 8-0-0 but were hurt by Mark Hartigan's go-ahead tally in the third period and Trevor Letowski's third goal of the season in the second.

Still, the Blue Jackets have scored the fewest goals (20) in the league and have yet to post back-to-back victories this season.

The Wild were rolling until a visit to Chicago on Saturday resulted in a 4-2 loss, which was followed up by a 3-1 setback against Vancouver on Tuesday.

Minnesota had scored 13 goals in a three-game winning streak prior to the most recent defeats, but injuries may have caught up with the squad. Marian Gaborik, who had the only goals in the loss to Chicago, missed Tuesday's outing with a hip injury, joining a list that includes Mikko Koivu, Pascual Dupuis and defenseman Alex Henry.

While the Wild are nursing their wounds, the Blue Jackets may be getting Rick Nash, who tied for the league lead with 41 goals last season, back soon from a high ankle sprain that has kept him out since Opening Night.

Columbus opens a four-game road trip Saturday at Minnesota.