California, here we come.
For just the second time since the NHL expanded in 1967, both conference finals have gone seven games, with the Western Final, between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks, slated for Saturday night.
Chicago’s offense defended its home ice during Game 6 on Wednesday night, jumping out to a three-goal lead, en route to a 5-2 victory and force one last deciding matchup between the two squads.
Puck drop for Game 7 is set for 8 p.m. EST on NBC. Pre-game begins at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.
As it was on the eastern side of things, Chicago and Anaheim have not yet disappointed on the scale of dramatic game-time moments. That moment was encapsulated when Blackhakws captain Jonathan Toews scored two goals in a minute and a half to force overtime in Game 5 only to see his teammates give up the game-winning goal to Matt Beleskey just moments into extra time.
The odds favor the Ducks slightly, thanks in large part to their home ice advantage, with Anaheim looking for its first Stanley Cup since 2007. The Blackhawks, however, boast a bit more experience with a pair of Stanley Cup championships under their collective belt since 2010.
Here’s a look back on the series:
Game 1 – Ducks 4, Blackhawks 1, May 17
Game 2 – Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2, May 19
Game 3 – Ducks 2, Blackhawks 1, May 21
Game 4 – Blackhawks 5, Ducks 4, 2OT, May 23
Game 5 – Ducks 5, Blackhawks 4, OT, May 25
Game 6 – Blackhawks 5, Ducks 2, May 27
There is no free, unrestricted live stream for the games. But if you have access to a cable or satellite subscription, here’s how to watch online and on mobile:
Watch Blackhawks-Ducks Online
If you have access to a cable or satellite subscription — either yours or someone else’s — you can watch the game online for free via NBC Sports Live Extra. You’ll need a cable or satellite log-in and password to access the stream. The site’s frequently asked questions page has a rundown of technical requirements and other information.
Watch Blackhawks-Duckson Mobile
Mobile users can watch the game via the NBC Sports Live Extra App, which you can download in the App Store or the Google Play Store. As is the case with the desktop livestream, you’ll need a cable provider log-in to watch.