Brent Burns took control of the puck behind the Wild net in the last minute of overtime Saturday.

Suddenly, the puck was sliding in front of the net, Columbus center Antoine Vermette was scoring, Burns was slamming his stick on the ice, then rushing to be the first player down the runway to the locker room.

Moments later, Burns was stuffing his pads into his locker, then turning, sitting in front of the cameras and muttering, "I don't know if I fanned on it or missed it. Just a bad bounce."

On March 8, the Wild beat Colorado at Xcel Energy Center before embarking on the road trip that could determine the fate of the season. After losing 5-4 in overtime to a poor Columbus team Saturday at the X, the Wild has captured one of 10 possible points in its past five games, losing all four games on the trip by a combined 15-4.

The usual shills in the local media praised the Wild's grit and lauded its ability to salvage a point on Saturday, which is even more embarrassing for the shills than it is for the Wild. As veteran center John Madden said: "None of that matters. You need to find a way to get two points, and we didn't."

What matters for the Wild in the short term is that it has eliminated itself from playoff contention, unless you believe those who tell fairy tales on local airwaves.

What matters for the Wild in the long term is that Burns, the talented young defenseman who represented the franchise in the All-Star Game this season, continues to create doubt about his future in Minnesota.