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Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula, right, of Finland, and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula, right, of Finland, and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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