Justin Morneau's recent contributions are a big reason the Twins have won four consecutive series, but at one time the 2006 American League MVP wondered if his concussion and other health problems might put an end to his career.

"[It can happen] in the middle of winter when you're not playing and you're sitting there wondering how long it's going to take or if it's ever going to get better," Morneau said. "But you just have to keep trying to stay positive, trying to find things to stay positive with and be able to go out there and play. If it's your time it's your time, and I've been lucky enough that I recovered and have been able to go back out there and hopefully it stays that way for the rest of my career."

Morneau said one thing that helped him to be positive was his friendship with former Wild defenseman Willie Mitchell, now a member of the Los Angeles Kings. Mitchell and Morneau are both natives of British Columbia.

"He kind of went through a lot of the same things I did," Morneau said. "He missed a lot of time with a concussion, and he was a guy that I really leaned on when I was coming back and vice versa, so he's a guy that I'm pretty close to."