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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.

Consider:

*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.

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Minnesota 94 FINAL
Philadelphia 103
Houston 93 FINAL
Boston 87
Portland 99 FINAL
Atlanta 105
Sacramento 90 FINAL
Cleveland 101
Toronto 127 FINAL
Brooklyn 122
Dallas 93 FINAL
Miami 72
LA Clippers 103 FINAL
New Orleans 108
Golden State 97 4th Qtr 0:32
Utah 106
Chicago 25 2nd Qtr 9:00
Phoenix 35
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 1
St. Louis 3 FINAL(SO)
Carolina 2
Nashville 0 3rd Prd 9:17
Colorado 2
Buffalo 1 2nd Prd 15:41
Vancouver 3
Chicago 1 2nd Prd 15:08
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Princeton 72
Quinnipiac 57 FINAL
Canisius 63
Brown 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
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Manhattan 87
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Niagara 61
Dartmouth 51 FINAL
Penn 58
Oregon 68 FINAL
Arizona State 67
Yale 63 FINAL
Columbia 59
Monmouth 60 FINAL
Fairfield 59
IUPUI 59 FINAL
Western Ill 63
Oregon State 13 2nd Half 19:27
Arizona 24
Kent State 25 2nd Half 18:00
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Canisius 75 FINAL
Monmouth 58
Butler 67 FINAL
Providence 59
Cornell 65 FINAL
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Yale 55
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Penn 55 FINAL
Dartmouth 39
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James Madison 89
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Utah 62
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