Updated: September 23rd, 2011 9:36pm
Dany Heatley's two goals help lift Wild over Columbus in overtime

Dany Heatley's two goals help lift Wild over Columbus in overtime

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- New Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo made no secret at the outset of training camp that he planned to put new acquisitions Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi on a line with center Mikko Koivu.

It just took a while for anyone to see the trio in action.

It finally happened Friday as they made their preseason debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Wild's third exhibition game and the team's first at Xcel Energy Center.

They did not disappoint.

Heatley scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner on a power play, and the line accounted for three goals in a 4-3 victory.

Heatley, obtained in a July 4 trade from San Jose for Martin Havlat, got the first goal for the line in the second period scoring off a direct feed from Koivu on a power play. Setoguchi also was given an assist. Heatley's second goal came on a perfect tip in off a pass from Koivu.

Setoguchi, who also came from San Jose but was acquired in a draft-night deal that saw defenseman Brent Burns head west, scored on a backhand off a setup from Heatley and Koivu early in the third.

"I thought we had a really good feel in practice the last couple of weeks and to get in a real game is a good test," Heatley said. "I thought we did some good things and (we'll figure) out each other better every game."

The Wild penalty killers were tested in the third period when enforcer Brad Staubitz slammed the Blue Jackets' Cody Bass into the boards with 15 minutes, 35 seconds remaining. Bass crumpled to the ice and was bleeding when he finally was able to get up.

Staubitz was called for a five-minute checking from behind penalty and given a game misconduct. The Wild was able to kill off the penalty, however, and kept the scored tied.

It wouldn't be surprising to see the NHL take action against Staubitz.

The Wild took a 1-0 lead at 5:30 of the first period when left winger Kristopher Foucault got the puck past Blue Jackets goalie Allen York.

Center Zack Phillips, selected by the Wild in the first round of this year's draft, and defenseman Marek Zidlicky picked up the assists.

The Blue Jackets tied it with a shorthanded goal only 10 seconds after Radek Martinek took a first-period penalty when Derek MacKenzie beat Josh Harding at 12:52 after taking a feed from defenseman Fedor Tyutin.

Tyutin was called for hooking less than a minute after the goal giving the Wild a two-man advantage. The Wild could only get two shots on goal with both Tyutin and Martinek in the box.

Tyutin, who also had two assists, gave Columbus a 2-1 lead at 3:10 of the second period, scoring a power-play goal with Koivu in the penalty box for hooking.

Healtey's first goal as a member of the Wild came at the 7:30 mark when he took Koivu's pass low in the circle to the right of York and fired it past the goalie.

The Blue Jackets went up by one at 10:54 of the second, getting a goal from Ryan Russell on a backhand as the Wild was about to be called for a delayed penalty. The Wild was outshot 15-7 in the second period and did not play well.

"The second period was not our game," Yeo said. "What you saw there was not. ... That's where it's going to take some time to put the pieces together. There will be times we do the right things defensively then you don't execute the right way with the puck.

"I thought we were doing some OK things defensively, but when we got the puck in the second period we turned over way too many pucks. When you do that you're back checking the whole period and that's what we were doing. We were just giving them open space and we're letting them come at us, we're letting them comes at us. When you play that kind of game you're just hanging on."

Things got testy as the third period came to an end when Wild right winger Cal Cluttberbuck put a big hit on Tyutin. The Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski took a run at Clutterbuck. Overtime began with the Wild having a 5-on-3 advantage for 20 seconds.

Harding stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced. York gave up four goals on 25 shots.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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