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Game Time: 7:00PM Central
TV/Radio: NBC, CBC, TVA, WGN-AM 720
Story Of My Life: Anaheim Calling, Battle of California

It has been 363 days since the Blackhawks lost a Game 7 in the Western Conference Final on home ice, blowing two separate two goal leads and a lead going into the third period. Tonight they will finally get a chance to take another step in righting the wrong that was last season, and all that stands in their way is the West’s number 1 seed on their home ice in the form of the Anaheim Ducks.

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FACEOFF: 8pm Central


WHY DID I MOVE TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA?: The Royal Half, Battle of Cali, Anaheim Calling

We’ll give this one the full treatment as the winner will be the Hawks’ final step in the Western conference.

The first thing to know about tonight’s decider is that Bruce Boudreau’s record in Game 7s at home is not impressive. In fact, it’s total sewage. In 2008 Boudreau’s Caps, which were just a barely mediocre team that got hot enough to win a terrible division, lost to the Flyers in overtime (cue a Cristobal Huet stick-breaking tantrum). In 2009, the Caps made it to the second round to face the Penguins that had the NHL at its most tumescent, and they even got a Game 7 out of it. And at Verizon Center Semyon Varlamov melted down and this game was over before you could finish your first beer. The following year, the Caps fired 50+ shots at Jaro Halak, from everywhere and anywhere and in such a panicked fashion it felt like the hockey version of a teenage boy trying to bang an exotic dancer, so frantic and panicked that it was. Again, the Caps went home. They’ve never recovered from that loss as an organization. But Gabby brought this act out west with him, with the Ducks barfing up last year’s first round decider to Babcock’s Wings. So yeah, there’s some history here.

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It’s a loose connection. Wild-Wildlings. But do I really need much of an excuse to post a picture of Rose Leslie? Didn’t think so.

You’re probably tuning in tonight to see who the Hawks will get in the next round. You also may not have caught all of or any of the Minnesota-Colorado series as you were caught up with what the Hawks were doing and you may not be as depraved as us here in watching every single minute of hockey you can. Well, I’m here to help!

It’s funny in a way, as a lot of people were terrified of  Colorado due to the regular season success the Avs had against the Hawks. Well, the Hawks only gained one more point against the Wild this season and yet no one is worried about them. But none of that really matters now and what does is how these two teams are going.

The big fear with Colorado is of course Semyon Varlamov. The Wild haven’t been too scared recently, piercing him for three goals in the past two games and four in Game 1. His one standout performance was Game 3, but Darcy Kuemper matched him step for step and Mikael Granlund got the winner in a 1-0 win in overtime.