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With the plane tickets booked and family and friends flying in from all across the world, there was no other choice on Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

The show had to go on.

Even if Wild captain Mikko Koivu wasn’t healthy enough to play in the actual game against the Anaheim Ducks, he still suited up in full gear for the glitzy pregame ceremony honoring him for reaching 1,000 career games.

It was a special moment that featured his wife Helena, the couple’s three children, owner Craig Leipold, general manager Bill Guerin, and to Koivu’s surprise, former teammates Marian Gaborik, Niklas Backstrom, Kyle Brodziak, and Nick Schultz.

“It’s very nice that the Wild brought us up here to kind of surprise Mikko,” said Gaborik, who presented Koivu with the ceremonial silver stick. “He had no idea. I was kind of worried that he would find something out. It was well organized that it was surprise.”

For the rest of the night, it seemed like pretty much everything was done with Koivu in mind.

There was a touching video tribute, which included brief messages from older brother Saku Koivu, current coach Bruce Boudreau, current teammates, and a smattering of former teammates.

There was good friends Ryan Carter, Stephane Veilleux, and Mark Parish shouting out Koivu before providing the “Let’s Play Hockey” call.

There were little highlights from throughout Koivu’s career shown on the big screen, and former coach Jacques Lemaire even made an appearance, albeit remotely from his residence in Florida.

Al of it felt very fitting, not to mention very deserved for Koivu, the only full-time captain in franchise history that has become synonymous with the Wild over the last couple of decades.

“We weren’t just teammates on the ice. We were also friends off the ice,” Gaborik said. “It wasn’t just going out to dinners and talking small talk. We had some serious conversations and I think I guided him through some process. I’m grateful I got to play with him.”

DONATO ELEVATED

Ryan Donato has struggled this season, both with his play and with his confidence.

He’s started to find a rhythm as of late, though, and Boudreau elevated him in the lineup for Tuesday’s game, placing him between Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala on the second line.

“I just want to come in and take control of my opportunity,” Donato said. “I’d say opportunities like this don’t come around very often for me. I just want to go out there and do the things that the coaches want me to exactly do.”

While it’s been a slow build to this point for Donato, he’s trying his best to hold on to his confidence now that he has it back.

“It’s a rollercoaster,” Donato said. “Sometimes I feel like I’m on top of the world, and the next day I feel like I’m not anything. For me it’s just trying to control that and knowing that it goes both ways. I can’t get too high and I can’t get too low.”

STURM WAITING

Nico Sturm was sent down to the minors on Monday afternoon, which came as a bit of a surprise, especially considering some thought he might crack the lineup this week.

And he still might.

“I’m not saying he’s not going to get a look as far as this week,” Boudreau said. “We weren’t going to play him today and the reason is Ryan Donato is playing pretty good.

“Ww can’t take guys out of the lineup that don’t deserve to be out of the lineup at this stage,” Boudreau added. “Plus, with Iowa playing tonight we thought it was prudent that (Sturm) plays games rather than sit around.”

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