After Saturday's morning skate at the Xcel Energy Center, Mikko Koivu talked about the fact he hadn't been scoring much. One goal in 19 games, actually. But he wasn't defensive, and he wasn't prickly. And the Wild captain has been known to be prickly. Koivu's team is winning, and that's all that matters to the team's top-line center, highest-paid player and reluctant face of the franchise. If the Wild keep playing smart, passionate hockey, he'll get his goals, but more important, the team will continue to win. Both happened Saturday night. Koivu twice tied the score with regulation goals, then potted one of two Wild goals in the shootout to lift Minnesota to its fourth straight victory, 3-2 over St. Louis at the X. "He's a pretty good player," coach Mike Yeo said. "Man, I thought he was outstanding." Matt Cullen scored the game-winner when his wrist shot tricked past Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, igniting an announced crowd 17,259, but the veteran center was still upstaged by Koivu, who tied the score with a short-handed goal early in the second and sent the game to overtime with a wrister from the right circle with just 1:38 left in regulation.
Mikko Koivu erupts as Wild add to win streak
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 20