Chicago Blackhawks Clinch Playoff Spot: Thank the Wild, ---- the Can---s

With 12.1 left in regulation, the Minnesota Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored an empty-net goal to officially eliminate the Dallas Stars from playoff contention, as Minnesota beat Dallas in its season finale 5-3.

This sets up a matchup between the defending Stanley Cup champs (Chicago Blackhawks) and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference (Vancouver Canucks).

Chicago beat Vancouver in the playoffs the past two years. But it will be difficult this time around without Dustin Byfuglien (or, as he is dubbed in some parts of Canada, Buffy the Canuck Slayer).

Plus, considering that they're the No. 1 seed, it's only fitting that the Canucks get a chance to eliminate their longtime tormentors in the first round.

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