Wild's Mikko Koivu returns

Updated: March 14, 2011, 10:34 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu returned Monday night against the Vancouver Canucks after missing 11 games with a broken finger.

Fellow forward Cal Clutterbuck also was back in the lineup for Minnesota after being sidelined four games because of a concussion.

The Wild went 4-5-2 without Koivu, who centers the top line and is still second on the team with 49 points despite missing more than three weeks. Minnesota was shut out in its last two games and is four points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Clutterbuck, who leads the NHL with 298 hits, hasn't played since being slammed into the boards by New York Islanders forward Trevor Gillies March 2.

Gillies was suspended 10 games for his hit on Clutterbuck, who has a career-high 18 goals.

Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner also returned after missing three games with an abdominal injury.


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