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Blackhawks go for West finals clincher vs. Sharks @NHL

CHICAGO (AP) -Jonathan Toews has earned the name "Captain Serious," a 22-year-old star for the Chicago Blackhawks who senses how close his team is to reaching the Stanley Cup finals while realizing just how difficult it can be to get there.

A year ago, the Blackhawks were knocked out of the Western Conference finals in five games by Detroit, an experience that ripened a young team.

Now the Blackhawks have a 3-0 lead over San Jose and can complete a sweep Sunday for the franchise's first appearance in the finals since 1992 - when Toews was 4 years old.

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