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The history of Minnesota Game 7's

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The Minnesota Wild will once again board a plane to Denver for game 7 of their series against the Avalanche Wednesday night. While the fan base is itching for something positive, and nervously watching the seconds count down until opening face off.

Maybe they shouldn’t be as nervous if history is any indication when it comes to famous game 7’s in this town.

  • Let’s stay on the ice and turn back time to 2003 when the Wild pulled a pair of game 7 victories on the road. First it was the same Colorado Avalanche and Patrick Roy the goalie. Andrew Brunette sent Roy into retirement and the Wild into the second round against Vancouver.
  • They repeated that task against the Canucks taking them to the final game on the road with a 4-2 victory advancing them to the Western Conference Finals.
  • The Timberwolves have only played in one seventh game and they were victorious against the Sacramento Kings in 2004. The 83-80 win over the Kings at Target Center ranks as a top moment in the history of the franchise.
  • Prior to the Wolves, the Minneapolis Lakers twice took game 7, winning championships in 1952 and 1954.
  • The biggest and best game 7 moments have come from the Twins. They have hosted three deciding games in World Series history and are 2-1. In 1987 and 1991, the Twins celebrated championships against St. Louis and Atlanta and in 1965, Sandy Koufax pitched a complete game three-hitter in a 2-0 Twins loss.
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