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After the first period of play, it looked as if the San Jose Sharks had finally remembered how to play the way they had been the entire season. The Sharks were up 1-0, and just a few minutes into the second period, they had jumped to a two goal lead thanks to a goal from Patrick Marleau.

Ten minutes later the lead was erased by the Blackhawks who scored two more goals in the third period to finish off the sweep of the seemingly cursed San Jose Sharks. For the fifth straight season, despite consistently being one of the top teams in the regular season, the Sharks are eliminated without reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.

For the Chicago Blackhawks, they return to the Stanley Sup Finals for the first time since the 1991-1992 season when they were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blackhawks last Stanley Cup Championship came all the way back in 1961. The 47 year drought is currently the longest running streak in the NHL.

The Blackhawks will face the winner of the Philadelphia Flyers versus Montreal Canadiens series. The Flyers currently lead the series 3-1 and will look to finish off the Canadiens in tonight’s game five in Philadelphia.