Chicago Blackhawks beat Anaheim to reach Stanley Cup finals

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Posted: May 30, 2015 11:03 PM

(Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks will play in the Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in six seasons after beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in Game Seven of the Western Conference championship series on Saturday.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored two early goals and the Blackhawks stunned Anaheim by surging to a 4-0 lead in the second period before the Ducks finally got on the scoreboard.

With the road victory, the Blackhawks won the series 4-3 and will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Finals, which start on Wednesday.

It is the third season in a row that Anaheim lost Game Seven of a playoff series at home.

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)