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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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Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco 6 FINAL
Detroit - WP: K. Lobstein 8
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: A. DeSclafani 2
Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: D. Haren 6
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer 5
Atlanta - LP: T. Cahill 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 5
Boston - LP: W. Miley 7 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: B. Norris 18
St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek 6
Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson 3
Kansas City - LP: E. Volquez 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks 5
Texas - WP: N. Feliz 5 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: J. Alvarez 4
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 7 FINAL
Oakland - LP: T. Clippard 6
Los Angeles - LP: S. Baker 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: B. Morrow 3
Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano 8 FINAL
Arizona - LP: J. Hellickson 0
San Francisco 0 Postponed
Colorado 0
Minnesota - WP: C. Fien 4 FINAL
Seattle - LP: T. Olson 2
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NY Yankees 6
Cleveland 101 FINAL
Boston 93
LA Clippers 114 FINAL
San Antonio 105
Toronto 94 FINAL
Washington 125
Houston 34 2nd Qtr
Dallas 25
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Montreal 2 FINAL
Ottawa 0
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 1
Toronto FC 2 FINAL
Orlando City 0
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Seattle 0
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