Minnesota Wild defeat Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-1

The refs must have had a red-eye to catch.

Road warrior Wild players, making a brief Twin Cities pit stop before hitting the friendly skies yet again, must have had laundry to finish.

Maybe that explains why the first period of Tuesday night's 2-1 Wild victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets felt like it was played in running time.

Twenty-seven minutes to play a 20-minute period. There were five faceoffs, meaning ... four whistles. The third TV timeout was actually sc...