Saturday, May 28, 2011

Countdown Friday: The Top 7 Game Sevens

They say that the two greatest words in sports are "Game Seven." Personally, I have to advocate for other duos, like "sudden death,""unnecessary roughness," and "trampoline basketball." Still, there's no denying how incredible game sevens are. We've already had six amazing game sevens in the NHL playoffs and one [forgettable] seventh game in this NBA postseason. So in honor of the "win or go home" contest, I bring you the top seven game sevens.

7. MLB: Boston Red Sox 10, New York Yankees 3 (2004)

The game itself was unremarkable, but this game seven had to make the list because of the story behind it. En route to a curse reversal, the Red Sox came back from an 0-3 hole against the rival Yankees and completed the miracle comeback with this game seven beatdown.

6. NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 4, Boston Bruins 3 (2010)

Boston gave a beating one year, and took one only a few years later. The Philadelphia Flyers came back after trailing 0-3 in the series and then completed a comeback within a comeback while trailing 0-3 in game seven. Simon Gagne's goal late in the third period gave the Flyers the 4-3 game and series win.

5. NBA: Houston Rockets 115, Phoenix Suns 114 (1995)

In one of the most dramatic NBA game sevens in history, the Houston Rockets edged Charles Barkley's Phoenix Suns by a mere one point in the Western Conference semifinals. Mario Elie (of course) hit the go-ahead three pointer that put the Rockets up for good.

4. NHL: Rangers 2, New Jersey Devils 1 [2 OT] (1994)

There's nothing like sudden death in a game seven. This historic play call is all you need to enjoy this drama.

3. Boston Celtics 125, St. Louis Hawks 123 [2 OT] (1957)

This one happened way back when they only played basketball in black and white. The Celtics needed two overtime periods to win, but they narrowly edged out St. Louis behind 37 points and 23 rebounds from rookie point guard Tommy Heinsohn.

2. Detroit Red Wings 4, New York Rangers 3 [2 OT] (1950)

Even without an injured Gordie Howe, the Red Wings managed to pull off the victory in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals. It was the first Stanley Cup ever decided in overtime of a game seven.

1. MLB: Pirates 10, Yankees 9 (1960)

The number one game seven features what many sports historians and fans consider to be the number one home run of all time. After a back and forth battle, the Yankees rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth. But the Pirates had the last at bat, and won the series on the famous Bill Mazeroski home run, the only game seven walk-off homer ever.

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