So long Canucks, hello Sharks.
On the strength of their third consecutive victory on enemy ice Tuesday night, the Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference finals for the second season in a row as they defeated the Canucks 5-1 to close out the best-of-seven semifinal series 4-2.
The Game 6 triumph sets up a matchup of the top two teams in the conference with the winner going to the Stanley Cup finals.
Getting past the Canucks didn’t prove easy, but the Hawks dispatched them in six games for the second consecutive season as Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg, Dave Bolland, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien scored goals while Antti Niemi got the better of fellow goaltender Roberto Luongo to earn the victory.
Will it be the Hawks and the Pens in the finals?
The Penguins play tonight.
Time will tell…
I never make predictions, but I cheer like a madman.
Congrats to the Hawks!