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Wild lose second straight, fall to Columbus 4-2

Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored for Minnesesota, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves but itii wasn't enough to keep the Wild from losing its second in a row, and the club's fourth in six games.
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Another game, another loss for the slumping Devan Dubnyk as the Wild dump to Columbus 4-2.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Riley Nash had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Wild 4-2 on Thursday night, keeping Minnesota on a short skid.

Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin also scored to help the Blue Jackets move ahead of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.

Nash, who signed as a free agent last summer, got his first goal in 29 games - and first as a Blue Jacket - in the second period and assisted on Markus Hannikainen's first-period tally. Columbus has won two in a row and six out of eight.

Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored for Minnesesota, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. The Wild have lost two in a row and four of six. Granlund's slap shot from the slot started it, putting the Wild on the board 7:46 into the game.

Hannikainen tapped in a bouncing puck later in the period to tie it. Atkinson extended his points streak to nine games - tying his career high - when he beat Dubnyk from the right circle near the end of a power play early in the second period.

Nash scored a few minutes later, redirecting a pass from Zach Weresnki, and Panarin's wrist shot clanged in off the right post at 11:24 to make it a 4-1 game for Columbus.

Parise got one of them back for the Wild 42 seconds later off a wrap-around, extending his point streak to six games, but Minnesota couldn't get any closer a both teams played a scoreless third period.

NOTES: Wild D Greg Pateryn returned after missing one game because of illness. He replaced Nate Prosser. Minnesota G Alex Stalock played in his 100th career NHL game.