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Associated Press, Published September 17 2013

Blue Jackets split squad beats Wild in preseason play

ST. PAUL – Cam 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.

Nino Niederreiter scored for Minnesota, which played its preseason opener.

Columbus 1 2 0–3

Minnesota 0 1 0–1

First period: 1, Columbus, Johansen 1 (Chaput, Atkinson), 18:09.

Second period: 2, Columbus, Atkinson 2 (Johansen, Murray), 4:23. 3, Columbus, Letestu 2 (Goloubef, Comeau), 7:53. 4, Minnesota, Niederreiter 1 (Coyle, Granlund), 10:09 (pp).

Shots on Goal – Columbus 5-7-5 – 17. Minnesota 5-7-9 – 21.

Goalies: Columbus, J.Smith. Minnesota, Backstrom, Kuemper. A – 17,784 (17,954). T – 2:25.