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Tuesday (Winner-takes-all games have been kind to Minnesota) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Twins fans, Wild coaching, Wolves news Updated: April 29, 2014 - 10:40 AM


Minnesota sports fans know about heartache. We don't need to detail that entire list here, but suffice to say we would need a rather large notebook.


But if this often tragic history is giving you any type of emotion beyond excitement for Wednesday night's Game 7 between the Wild and Avalanche -- fear, trepidation, etc. -- we are here to put your mind at ease with a reminder: it doesn't always turn out bad. As a matter of fact, in do-or-die Game 7s, Minnesota sports teams have actually fared quite well over the years.


*The Twins, famously, won a pair of Game 7s at home to win both the 1987 and 1991 World Series. Even this generation of Twins has a win in their only winner-take-all game: Game 5 of the 2002 ALDS.

*Both times the Wild has made it to a Game 7 -- both on the road in 2003 -- Minnesota came away with a victory. The first, famously, ended Patrick Roy's goaltending career. Eleven years later, the Wild will attempt to end his first season of coaching.

*The Wolves have only played one Game 7 in their history -- the 2004 Western Conference semifinals, a victory over Sacramento.

*Even the old Minneapolis Lakers won Game 7s in the finals twice: 1952 and 1954.

We'll do a ranking of these (and perhaps other) Minnesota Game 7s in tomorrow's paper. Your thoughts are, as always, welcome in the comments. But for now, take heart: This is one type of history lesson that often ends well.


Miami - LP: B. Morris 4 FINAL
Washington - WP: M. Grace 6
NY Yankees - LP: C. Martin 1 FINAL
Toronto - WP: R. Dickey 3
Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang 5 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 2
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 5 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Los Angeles - LP: C. Hatcher 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek 4
Chicago Cubs 8 Bottom 7th Inning
St. Louis 6
Oakland 5 Top 8th Inning
Minnesota 8
Texas - WP: K. Kela 2 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 1
Arizona 0 Delayed
Colorado 0
Seattle 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
LA Angels 0
San Diego 0 Top 3rd Inning
San Francisco 0
Chicago 99 FINAL
Cleveland 92
LA Clippers 46 3rd Qtr
Houston 50
NY Rangers 0 FINAL
Washington 1


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