05/14/2009 8:37 PM - From ChicagoBlackhawks.com: (link)
The Chicago Blackhawks will face off against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Final, marking the franchise’s first appearance in the National Hockey League’s conference finals since 1995. Detroit will host Games 1 and 2 of the series, with dates and times to be determined.
The fourth-seeded Blackhawks reached the conference finals after eliminating the fifth-seeded Calgary Flames, 4-games-to-2, in the quarterfinals, and the third-seeded Vancouver Canucks, 4-games-to-2, in the semifinals. The second-seeded Red Wings swept the seventh-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-games-to-0, in the quarterfinals, before eliminating the eighth-seeded Anaheim Ducks, 4-games-to-3, in the semifinals.
This marks the 15th time the Blackhawks and Red Wings are squaring off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the first time since the 1995 Western Conference Finals when Detroit earned a 4-games-to-1 series win. Chicago has won eight of the 14 previous postseason meetings between the clubs, which includes twice in the Stanley Cup Finals (1934 and 1961). The franchises have matched up seven times with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line, with Detroit posting five series wins in those situations.