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 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Nikolai Zherdev scored twice in the last 6 minutes - one on a highlight-reel move that provided the go-ahead goal - and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned some payback for a bad loss three days earlier, beating the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Friday night.
With the score tied 3-all, Zherdev swooped into the offensive zone and passed the puck to himself backward between his legs before wristing a shot from the high slot that got by goaltender Hannu Toivonen at the 5:57 mark.
Columbus' Jason Chimera ended a 25-game scoring drought, and Dan Fritsche, Ron Hainsey and Rick Nash also had goals for the Blue Jackets, who had lost their last two games, won their fourth in a row at home.
David Backes, Brad Boyes, Andy McDonald and Jay McClement had goals for the Blues. The Blues had a three-game winning streak and six-game points streak come to an end a night after beating Dallas 4-2 at home.
Wild 5, Blackhawks 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Josh Harding made 41 saves, Marian Gaborik scored two goals and Minnesota handed the Blackhawks their eighth straight loss.
Matt Foy, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Mark Parrish also scored for Minnesota, which won its second straight despite being outshot 43-16. The Wild's Eric Belanger had two assists.
Brent Sopel and Martin Havlat scored for injury-depleted Chicago, which is 0-6-2 during its skid. Sopel connected in his first game - and second shift - after missing seven contests with a broken finger.
Minnesota has won nine consecutive games against Chicago. The Blackhawks last defeated the Wild on Oct. 23, 2005, and are 0-6-3 against Minnesota during the streak.
Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made only 11 saves.
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