Mikko Koivu didn't tear the paint off the wall during a fiery first-intermission speech, but the captain stood up, talked up and backed it up by leading the Wild to a comeback victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

"He didn't come in here and give an Al Pacino 'Any Given Sunday' speech," teammate Cal Clutterbuck said. "He just said, 'Let's go. We are better than the first period, we know we're better than the first period. Let's show it.'"