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Wild have history of Game 7 success heading into matchup with Golden Knights

The Minnesota Wild are unbeaten in series finales, as they are 3-0 all-time.
Credit: AP
Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot (33) stops a shot by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore (27) with defensive help from Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) during Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

ST PAUL, Minn. — It’s almost time for the greatest two words in sports: Game seven.

The Wild will face the Vegas Golden Knights on the road on Friday night with the series on the line.

This franchise is unbeaten in Game 7s as they are 3-0 all-time. That includes in 2003 when they came back from a 3-1 deficit in consecutive series. Minnesota beat Colorado and then Vancouver to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

This year, Minnesota never gave up in the Golden Knights series despite being down 3-1, and now it all comes down to Friday night in Las Vegas.

"It feels like just a second ago, it was 3-1 and you're down in the dumps and trying to get back in this thing," Wild forward Zach Parise told NHL.com. Parise, who started the rush that led to Minnesota's first goal, was a healthy scratch for the first three games of the series. "And now it's one game, and see what happens."

There's another small piece of history that may play in the Wild's favor: Vegas is the last team in the NHL to cough up a 3-1 playoff series lead, when the San Jose Sharks stormed back to oust the Knights in 2019. Many current Vegas players were on that roster, and the epic collapse may be on their minds. 

The winner will travel to take on Colorado on Sunday in Game 1 of that series.