2013 NHL Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks Advance to Western Conference Finals in Thrilling Fashion

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After displaying the best record during the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks seemed like the favorites to represent the Western Conference in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately, the Blackhawks found themselves in a 3-1 deficit against the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the playoffs, but they pulled off a miraculous comeback by winning what turned out to be a crazy and exciting overtime win in Game 7 on Wednesday.

Brent Seabrook came up big for the No. 1 seeded Hawks to give them a 2-1 win over the Red Wings and now they’ll prepare for a 2013 Western Conference Finals matchup against the Los Angeles Kings–who are coming off an impressive second-round series of their own in which they defeated the San Jose Sharks in seven games. Both teams had numerous chances to take the lead (including a blown call that almost cost Chicago the series) in Game 7, but it was the Blackhawks who came through when it mattered the most.

There was a reason why the Blackhawks managed to finish with the best record in hockey during the regular season and with all due respect to No. 7 seeded Detroit–losing to the Red Wings would have been absolutely crushing after everything they accomplished this year. Chicago already faced a difficult challenge by overcoming a 3-1 deficit and now they’ll face an even more difficult challenge squaring off against the Kings.

This team looks like a team of destiny who has been playing their best hockey over the last three games–so it will be interesting to see if the Blackhawks can keep things going against the Kings in the Western Conference Finals.

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