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Powers: For Wild, a deep breath is much appreciated

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By Tom Powers

St. Paul Pioneer Press

When the Minnesota North Stars made their unexpected run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1991, they left nothing to chance. On the road, for example, management would commandeer a meeting room in the team hotel and stuff it with tubs of iced-down beer.

The theory was that the players could stop by for a cold one after practice or after a game and, as a byproduct, not be out roaming the streets.

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