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  • Mikko Koivu's leadership exemplified in Game 3


    The Chris Porter goal with under a minute left in the first period was huge. It was scored in time that can be used to swing the momentum of games. The Wild were down on the scoreboard, and it was fortunate to be down just one goal. But as this Wild team has shown, sometimes it can go into intermission with a lot of momentum, but then seem to never show back up in the second period.

    Then John Torchetti went back to his best line of the night - 22-56-29. Niederreiter forced a turnover in the neutral zone that led to Haula's game-tying goal. It capped off a great start to the period. Minnesota then played the rest of the game blocking shots, taking the body, and using its speed to create more chances. Mikko Koivu added a huge power play goal in the third period that would eventually become the game-winning goal. He added a big blocked shot with the empty net at the other end. But if he had not shown his commitment to taking the body and getting his teammates to do the same, who knows exactly what could have happened.

    Koivu hasn't always to fans what they think a leader should be. He was in Game 3.

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