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Hawks sweep Wild, reach 3rd straight Western finals

Hawks sweep Wild, reach 3rd straight Western finals

Minnesota has taken to calling itself the "State of Hockey" during this NHL postseason. On one hand, that's easy to understand. Winters are rough there, there are a lot of lakes on which to play hockey and many a wonderful player calls Minnesota home. On the other hand, no Minnesota team has ever hoisted the Stanley Cup. Not the North Stars (who are now the Dallas Stars) and not the Wild. In light of that knowledge, that catchphrase seems presumptuous. Especially in a series against the Blackhawks, who have eliminated the Wild in two straight postseasons and were gunning for a third on Thursday in Game 4. So to help out those on Minnesota's marketing team--and,...

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