Minnesota Wild: Best Wild Playoff Moments

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2. Wild Eliminate Avalanche, Game 7 of First Round, 2014

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Game 7 of the Wild’s series against the Avalanche last season felt like deja vu. The Wild fell behind in a series against Colorado, won some games, including one in overtime, and were able to force a Game 7. Game 7 was a tightly contested affair that once again went into overtime. The script was very reminiscent to the one the Wild wrote in 2003. The question was, would the Wild be able to close the deal again?

Fortunately, they did. Nino Niederreiter ripped the game winner in 5:02 into overtime to win the game and the series. The puck bounced directly off of the net’s center post and ricocheted out so fast that you could hardly even tell it was a goal until they showed the replays. It was in though, and Minnesota had foiled Patrick Roy yet again.

As it turned out, almost no lead was safe in the series. The Wild blew Games 1 and 5 late, albeit the tying goal in Game 5 should have been nullified by an off-sides penalty. Meanwhile, the Wild trailed late in Game 7, until Jared Spurgeon knotted it up:

The whole series was tense and it is one I will remember fondly for the rest of my days.

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