2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Blackhawks Punch Their Ticket To the Dance!

May 23rd, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
On Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks finished a stunning sweep of the San Jose Sharks. With the win, Chicago advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals .

Think about that. Let it sink in.

For the first time since 1992, when the current Blackhawks' captain was four years old, and the leading scorer was three, the Hawks are playing for the Stanley Cup.

It'd be easy to say Patrick Marleau was the only player who showed up for the top-seeded Sharks in the Western Conference Finals. He scored five of San Jose's seven goals in the series. But none of the games was a blow-out.

The Hawks had to fight for each of their four wins.

Chicago's depth ultimately killed San Jose in the series. Dave Bolland , who was instrumental in limiting the Sedins in the Vancouver series, played an enormous series while matching up against Joe Thornton.

Bolland had two goals and an assist, and was plus-three in the series. Thornton, meanwhile, had just one assist, and was minus-five in the series.

Depth has been a central theme for the Blackhawks throughout the playoffs. Bolland serves as the team's third line center, and has be ...

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