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Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen, left, directs a shot at Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Wild make playoffs with 3-1 win over Avalanche


DENVER (AP) — Lounging in front of his locker, music blaring in the background, Mikko Koivu chatted about what it meant to the team, the organization and the city to make it back to the playoffs for the first time in five years.

Yeah, but what about him? What did it mean to him?

Only then did the gravity of the moment begin to dawn on the captain of the Minnesota Wild.

"This," Koivu said, "is a big deal."

That's putting it mildly.

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