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By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)




For the third time in as many years, the Chicago Blackhawks have knocked the Minnesota Wild out of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blackhawks defeated the Wild by a final score of 4-3 on Thursday night, thus earning a spot in this year’s Western Conference Final.

Chicago will now face the winner of the Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames series, which Anaheim currently leads 2-1.

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 37 saves in game 4, and was instrumental in the Blackhawks four-game sweep of the Wild.

The victory marks the fifth time in seven years that Chicago has made it to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final.

Chicago was led by the play of captain Jonathon Toews and sniper Patrick Kane throughout the series.

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