Wild Vs. Canucks: Vancouver Skates Past Minnesota 5-2

The Minnesota Wild lost their third-straight on Thursday night to the Vancouver Canucks.

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Wild Vs. Canucks Final Score: Vancouver Beats Minnesota 5-2

The Vancouver Canucks threw a double dose of the Sedin brothers at the Minnesota Wild before skating away from the Xcel Engery Center with a 5-2 win.

Canuck captain Henrik Sedin shook off a nagging foot injury to play in his 553rd consecutive game, adding a second period goal which would prove to be the game-winning score. After Dany Heatley put the Wild up 1-0 before anyone broke a sweat in the first period, Daniel Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver with a power play goal.

Maxim Lapierre also scored in the first period for Minnesota while Manny Malhotra and Ryan Kesler put the win away for the Canucks with third period goals. Devin Setoguchi was able to find the net for the Wild in the third period but Minnesota was unable to seriously threaten for the win.

Vancouver expanded their commanding lead in the Northwest Division to 15 points over the second place Wild. Minnesota stays at home for their next game when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday evening.

For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

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Mikko Koivu Injury Healed, Minnesota Wild Captain Activated From Injured Reserve

Mikko Koivu has been out of the Minnesota Wild lineup for quite awhile, but the team's captain is expected to return to action on Thursday night. The team's lone NHL All-Star selection missed a total of eight games.

Koivu is expected to be in the lineup when the Wild play the Vancouver Canucks, according to a report at 1500 ESPN.

Koivu, the Wild's captain, suffered a shoulder injury on Jan. 14 at St. Louis and missed eight games. Koivu, who was elected to the All-Star Game but could not play because of the injury, is second on the Wild with 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) and has a plus-9 rating in 41 games.

It'll be interesting to see whether he's effective in the game considering he sat out for nearly an entire month, but it shouldn't be that much of a problem considering he's been skating for about a week as he got closer to returning.

For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

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Wild Vs. Canucks: Minnesota Tries To Keep Pace In The West

Minnesota looks to rebound from back-to-back losses Thursday when it hosts Vancouver.

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