Blackhawks To Face Off Against Ducks In 2009 Western Conference Final
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The Chicago Blackhawks will face off against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final, marking the franchise’s first appearance in the National Hockey League’s conference finals since 1995. Chicago will host Games 1 and 2 of the series at the United Center, with dates and times to be determined.
The fourth-seeded Blackhawks reached the conference finals after eliminating the fifth-seeded Calgary Flames, 4-games-to-2, in the quarterfinals, and the third-seeded Vancouver Canucks, 4-games-to-2, in the semifinals. The Ducks defeated the top-seeded San Jose Sharks, 4-games-to-2, in the quarterfinals and the second-seeded Detroit Red Wings, 4-games-to-3, in the semifinals.
This marks the first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff meeting between Chicago and Anaheim. The Blackhawks earned wins in three of their four regular-season meetings against the Ducks, which includes a perfect 2-0 mark on home ice. Chicago was blanked 1-0 in the first matchup between the clubs on Nov. 28 in Anaheim before winning each of the next three tilts. Three of the four regular-season contests between the clubs were decided by one goal.
The Blackhawks and Ducks completed a trade at the NHL deadline on March 4, with Chicago acquiring center Sammy Pahlsson, defenseman Logan Stephenson and a conditional draft pick in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski and center Petri Kontiola.