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It was deja vu for the Blackhawks. For the second straight year, they had been on the brink of elimination in the Western Conference Final and won a Game 6 to set up a pivotal Game 7 for a place in the Stanley Cup Final.
Tasting defeat against the Kings in 2014, there was a strong motivation to not let history repeat itself agaisnt the Anaheim Ducks in 2015.
"We knew we needed to have a great start, leave everything out there," Andrew Shaw recalled. "I think we used that experience from the year before just to help get us prepared and ready for that Game 7.
"We went out there and we dominated and we took the series that night."
The Blackhawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the road, courtesy of a pair of Jonathan Toews first-period goals before Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad added tallies early in the second. But in a tight series that was well into it's ninth game's worth of deadlocked action following single, double and triple overtime games, it wasn't going to be simple.
"They scored a couple goals and the game never really felt like it was too comfortable for us. It always felt like they could come back and make a little bit of a run," Patrick Kane said, rerferencing Ryan Kessler and Corey Perry goals to make it 4-2 early in the final frame. "'Seabs' had another huge goal ... then we felt like we were headed to another Final."
Brent Seabrook, on the power play at 13:23 of the third, sent a hard shot from the point that found iron, then twine to put the series away and sent Chicago back to the Cup Final.
"You could probably say you were on the other end of a series like that against L.A. in 2014," Kane said. "We won a lot of those series and we just found a way to come through against those teams that were evenly matched or maybe even sometimes outplayed us in those series. We just found a way to get it done."