Apr 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Dany Heatley (15) reacts to his goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period in game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Minnesota Wild beat Colorado Avalanche in OT (GIF)


The Minnesota Wild have used scrappy hockey all season long to stay in the Stanley Cup hunt and that scrappy hockey came in handy for Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche. After trading the lead with the Avalanche numerous times, the Wild tied the game very late in the third period to force an overtime period that they would dominate.

While the game was a team win, the hands down MVP of Game 7 for the Wild was Nino Niederreiter who scored twice in the game with his last goal being the final nail in the coffin for the Avs.

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Niederreiter had an incredible series for the Wild and while he is still a young player he’s no doubt on the rise. His Game 7 goal will go down in Wild lore and more importantly it propels Minnesota to a Conference Semifinals series against their rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks.

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