COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rookie defenseman David Savard scored his first career goal and added an assist to lift the Blue Jackets past the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Tuesday night and give Columbus' Todd Richards a win in his first game as coach against his former team.
Antoine Vermette added a power-play goal and Jeff Carter scored his second goal in as many games after missing 10 with a shoulder injury for Columbus.
Curtis Sanford made 28 saves to improve to 10-12-4.
Richards was 77-71-16 with the Wild from 2009-11 before being fired last April. He is 4-7-1 for Columbus since taking over for Scott Arniel on Jan. 9.
Nate Prosser scored his first career goal for Minnesota.
Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves for the Wild.