THE 7 BEST GAME 7'S OF ALL TIME 7️⃣
There is nothing better in sports than a Game 7. It means no matter what, someone's dream has to come true, and someone else's journey has to end. Whether it be a World Series Final or a Stanley Cup Quarterfinal, these are the best Game 7s in all of sports. (Written by us, but originally published on ThisIsMelo.com)
- •1950 NHL Stanley Cup Finals 🏒 (Detroit Red Wings 4, New York Rangers 3)This game is significant as its the only Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to go into double overtime. Despite Detroit being the favorite, the Rangers forced a Game 7. In the final game, NY led by 2 in the 1st period, but Detroit managed to tie it up and by the end of the 3rd, the score was 3-3. The first sudden-death overtime saw lots of shots, but nothing went in. The anxiety continued for 8:30 into the second OT before the Red Wings’ Pete Babando finally ended the game.
- •1960 World Series ⚾️ (Pittsburgh Pirates 10, New York Yankees 9)The most epic game 7 of baseball history happened on October 13, 1960 when Bill Mazeroski became the first and only player to win a World Series Game 7 with a walk-off home run. The Pirates and Yankees were tied at the top of the ninth and Mazeroski was set to lead off the bottom of the inning. He hit the ball over the left field wall and officially solidified his name in MLB history.
- •2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs 🏒 (New York Rangers 2, Washington Capitals 1)The Rangers have played eight Game 7s at Madison Square Garden, and have won seven of them. Their most recent win came at the expense of the Washington Capitals, who they have now beaten 3 times in Game 7s at MSG. As if Game 7 isn’t exciting enough, the Rangers and Capitals battled into overtime, until Derek Stepan scored a rebound goal 11:24 into OT, allowing the Rangers to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2nd year in a row.
- •2004 ALCS ⚾️ (Boston Red Sox 10, New York Yankees 3)This was the epic game that ended the curse of the Great Bambino. Not only was this a game featuring the most intense rivalry in sports, but it was an incredible BEAT DOWN. From David Ortiz knocking one out of the park for an early lead, to Pedro Martinez coming in as a solid relief pitcher, to Johnny Damon’s incredible performance featuring a 2-run homer and grand slam, the entire game was dominated by Boston.
- •1969 NBA Championship 🏀 (Boston Celtics 108, Los Angeles Lakers 106)Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke was so confident in his team, he had thousands of “World Champion Lakers” balloons ready to be dropped. Boston led early, & in the 4th, Wilt Chamberlain hurt his knee and was taken out. The Lakers caught up to a 1pt deficit w/2 minutes left. Chamberlain wanted to return but Van Benda Kolff infamously told him, “We’re doing fine without you.” The Celtics ended up winning, forcing Van Benda Kolff to eat his words & Cooke to have thousands of unusable balloons.
- •2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals 🏒(Montreal Canadiens 2, Washington Capitals 1)The Eastern Conference QF series in 2010 was one of upset, underdogs, & incredible hockey. The Capitals dominated the regular season while the Canadians were 8th seed underdogs. The Canadians took game 1, the Caps won 3 straight & looked like they were about to end Montreal’s quest for the cup. But the series ended up tied, leading to a deciding Game 7, which would soon be named one of the biggest upsets in NHL history as no 8 seed has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to beat a 1st seeded team.
- •1981 Eastern Conference Finals 🏀 (Boston Celtics 91, Philadelphia 76ers 90)Not many people will argue this was the greatest Game 7 in NBA & Game 7 history. It featured fierce rivals, star players, & some of the most heated, passionate play the league has ever seen. 4 of the 1st 6 games were decided on the last play. Game 7 proved just as intense as the players battled back and forth until the final minute of the game when Larry Bird scored his famous go-ahead bankshot. Of the series, Bird stated, “Those were probably the best games I ever played in in my life.”