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Minnesota right wing Nino Niederreiter, center, celebrates with teammates Kyle Brodziak, left, and Dany Heatley following his game-winning goal in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wedesday at Pepsi Center in Denver.
Five reasons to believe in the Wild
CHICAGO — The Minnesota Wild were overmatched in their first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks last year, getting knocked out in five games.
The Blackhawks went on to win the Stanley Cup. The Wild were left to question whether they were on the right trak.
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