No. 4: 2015 Western Conference finals, at Anaheim (5-3 win)
This was such a bizarre yet entertaining series. The teams traded wins, as well as periods of dominance, and you could kind of feel coming in to Game 7 that everyone except Ryan Kesler was leaning toward the Blackhawks taking this series.
The Ducks really needed to get this series wrapped up in six games, and they couldn’t do it. Even traveling back to their home Honda Center, they almost seemed deflated hitting the ice for Game 7. The Blackhawks took definite advantage of that, jumping to a 4-0 lead by the second period.
This game isn’t one that’s necessarily going to be remembered. Even in this series, there were far better outings — three games went to overtime, with two going at least two extra periods. But a Game 7 rout to see your team advance to the Stanley Cup Final still sends tingles down your spine.
Jonathan Toews netted two first-period goals in this one, including one on the powerplay, to drive the stake a bit further into Anaheim. Brandon Saad and Hossa followed suit with strikes in the second period, and even though the Ducks scored the next two goals, you could just feel it was over.
Brent Seabrook added a powerplay goal late to really seal the deal (even though Anaheim scored last), and the Blackhawks had put Kesler’s “can’t survive all the hits” theory to bed. That was probably the most satisfying part about this game, to be honest.