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Koivu helping Wild get through another Gaborik-less stretch

Updated: November 6, 2008, 2:09 AM ET
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

Not only can he lay claim to being the best Koivu in the league at the moment; he might also just be the best player, period. Surnames notwithstanding.

In fact, the Minnesota Wild are on the verge of becoming Mikko Koivu's team now (even if the strapping Finn is too reticent to come right out and say so).

"I don't … look at it that way," he said. "With a couple of guys gone and Marian [Gaborik] hurt, I've just gotten more ice time, more power-play time. When you're ...

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