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Wild Get Latendresse Back After 58-Game Absence

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Guillaume Latendresse #48 of the Minnesota Wild looks on prior to the start of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Xcel Energy Center on October 16, 2010 in St Paul, Minnesota. The Blue Jackets defeated the Wild 3-2. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild left wing Guillaume Latendresse has returned after missing 58 games following injuries to his midsection that required two surgeries and a long rehabilitation.

Latendresse received a loud cheer from Wild fans when he first took the ice Tuesday night in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche on a line with Eric Nystrom and Brad Staubitz.

The Wild lost defenseman Marek Zidlicky in the second period when he blocked a shot and left the ice clutching his right hand, but he returned for the third period.

After scoring a team-best 25 goals in just 55 games for the Wild last season after arriving in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens, Latendresse needed operations in late November to fix a torn labrum in his hip and a bilateral sports hernia.

Latendresse had three goals and three assists in eight games before he got hurt.

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