With the Chicago Blackhawks disposing of the Vancouver Canucks in six games, the Western Conference Finals are now set with the second-seeded Hawks set to square off against the top-seeded San Jose Sharks.
Chicago was in this position last season, taking out the Canucks in six games, and then facing the Detroit Red Wings. Unfortunately for Blackhawks fans, the Red Wings prevailed for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. This season, the club is hoping that it can take the next step and compete for Lord Stanley's mug.
Standing in Chicago's way: the San Jose Sharks. After years of disappointment, the Sharks finally have shaken their postseason reputation, especially after taking care of the veteran Red Wings in only five games.
The Sharks have consistently been one of the top teams in the Western Conference for the last five regular seasons, but every time the team looked like they would go all the way, it would end up choking in the first or second round of a playoff series. Not this season.
After struggling against Colorado early on in the first round, the Sharks put it all together in the latter stages of that series, and haven't looked back since.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks also had a tougher than expected challenge from the Nashville Predators in the first round, but have also gotten their act together, and are ready to advance to the Finals.
This should make for a great series, so let's break down each position and see who should eventually win and move on.
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