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MINNESOTA 4, ST LOUIS 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mikko Koivu scored two goals to lead the
Minnesota Wild to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday
night.

Martin Skoula and Brian Rolston also scored for the Wild. Barret
Jackman and Lee Stempniak tallied for St. Louis.

The Blues led 1-0 after one period on Jackman's goal, which came
at 17:04 in the first period. But Skoula tied it when he beat Blues
goalie Manny Legace with a wrist shot 5:34 into the second period.

The Blues were whistled for four minor penalties in a 3:42 span
midway through the second period, and Koivu made them pay by
scoring two power-play goals.

Koivu gave the Wild the lead at 12:14 when he got control of a
loose puck at the right side of the net and wristed a shot into the
open goal.

He then made it 3-1 at 14:35 with a one-timer from the high
slot.