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Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu, right, checks Montreal Canadiens' Mike Cammalleri into the boards during the first period Thursday in Montreal. AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Paul Chiasson

Koivu, Backstrom solid for Wild against Montreal

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MONTREAL (AP) -- Mikko Koivu provided Minnesota with key offense, Niklas Backstrom stood tall behind the Wild's defense, and the Montreal Canadiens once again came up short despite finally outshooting an opponent.


Koivu broke a first-period tie with a power-play goal, and Backstrom made 30 saves, leading Minnesota to a 3-1 victory over Montreal on Thursday night.

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