Back in 2003, the Wild traveled to Denver in the same circumstance -- Game 7 of a first-round playoff series. Tonight, once again, they're up against Patrick Roy, as the Avs' '03 goalie is now Colorado's head coach.
Zach Parise's Wild teammates humiliate him with this GQ picture
Are we in for another thrilling finish? We'll say this much -- the Sports Gods owe us a couple thirteen fourteen (as the Common Man says).
In case you've forgotten or are too young to remember, here's the exciting conclusion to that '03 contest:
Unfortunately, 11 years later, that remains the last season in which the Wild won a playoff series. (They would defeat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in the second round before being swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the conference finals.)
Will the hometown team get Minnesota sports off the schneid and supply the state's first non-Lynx pro team series victory since the Timberwolves in 2004? One factor working against us is that the team's lucky gal, #LadyInPink Alyssa Nelson, apparently won't be making the trip:
Come watch the game with me tomorrow at hooters MOA
In any event, there's two things to try and keep in mind if tonight's game ends in disappointment -- one, don't fret, because Lynx season is just around the corner, and two, as backup goalie-philosopher Ilya Bryzgalov teaches us, there's much more important things in life than sports, sports, sports.
game day pic.twitter.com/KE9cojShbA-- alyssa nelson (@SnowflakeNelson) April 30, 2014
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