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BORDEAUX, France -- Sweat and tears is what Italy coach Antonio Conte demanded from his players, and sweat and tears is what he got during a two-year reign that ended in the quarterfinals of the European Championship.Conte, who is leaving the Azzurri to join Chelsea in the English Premier League, transmits passion and the desire to succeed to his players. And both those qualities were on show during Italys defeat on penalties to world champion Germany on Saturday.Captain Gianluigi Buffon was crying as he left the pitch, while another experienced player Andrea Barzagli also broke down while giving an interview.Its a huge disappointment, because we really gave everything, Barzagli sobbed. Unfortunately we lost and nothing will remain of everything good we have done because when you go out .... sorry .... only disappointment is left and thats it.And in a few years time no one will remember anything about this Italy side which gave everything.That depends very much on how Italy does under incoming coach Giampiero Ventura.The 68-year-old has won nothing, apart from a third division title during a 35-year managerial career. But he has earned plenty of plaudits for the work he did with Torino, where he forged a team which was worth more than the sum of its parts -- much like Conte did with Italy.And Ventura will have more to work with than Conte, who took over after the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup. The Azzurri were eliminated at the group stage in Brazil -- prompting the immediate resignation of coach Cesare Prandelli and the president of the Italian football federation.Lets remember from where we came from, current federation President Carlo Tavecchio said. We returned ... with a beaten team and no federation. Then we gave the national team to a leader, and now we will start again from this Italy side.There are good foundations. Its unthinkable the group could break up. We gave the job to Ventura, who has the same way of thinking.Conte has indeed laid good foundations, having molded Italy into the image of himself.I am proud of the legacy we are leaving, Conte said. We wanted to transmit to the fans our passion, enthusiasm and a love for this shirt and this team.The Azzurri may lack star quality, but they more than make up for in their strength as a group.So strong is their team spirit that defender Leonardo Bonucci said after the Germany defeat: Even though we have only been together about a month and a half, it feels like they have been my teammates for years and years in the dressing room.Italy arrived at Euro 2016 with an aging team that was much criticized by the media back home. But it advanced as the winner of Group E with a match to spare and beat two-time defending champion Spain 2-0 in the round of 16.We have to be intelligent in continuing on this path, Bonucci said. Well leave Ventura in peace to create his group, the one that was here at the European Championship and to take Italy forward, because we deserved this. We grew game after game and now we have to continue.Venturas work will start in earnest when the players meet up again for Italys first World Cup qualifier, against Israel on Sept. 5.Italy also faces Spain, Albania, Macedonia and Liechtenstein in Group G.The future looks bright for the Azzurri, who have grown in confidence. But if Italy does go backwards, Conte -- who is leaving mainly because he misses the day-to-day life of club management -- has hinted that he could return to the national side in the future.I hope that all goes well for the national team and Ventura, Conte said. 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I think winning here in Game 5 got us excited again and got the momentum back. "The last two games were tightly fought and amazing games." The Blackhawks, who had the best record in the NHL regular season, rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to reach the Western Conference final against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. For just the second time in NHL history, the final four teams remaining in the playoffs are the four most recent Stanley Cup winners. Chicago captured the Cup in 2010. Seabrook picked up a loose puck and skated in on Howard through the middle of the ice, with Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall in front of him. His shot hit Kronwalls leg before it sailed into the left side of the net for the defencemans first goal of the post-season. "I dont know if I saw it go in to be honest," Seabrook said. "I just heard the horn going and the boys jumping out. It was a pretty exhausting game, but I think I was more tired during the celebration with guys jumping and pushing me in the face and dragging me down. "Its exciting. You dont get to do that too many times." The sellout crowd of 22,103 roared as Seabrook skated over to the boards and was mobbed by his delirious teammates. Howard put his arm around Kronwall, who was down on one knee, and tried to console him while the Blackhawks celebrated. "Its tough. How do you get upset at someone whos sacrificing their body out there to block shots?" Howard said. "Kroner has been huge for us all year and you know, he doesnt deserve that luck." It was quite a change from the end of the third period, when the Blackhawks thought they had scored the go-ahead goal. But it was waved off with less than two minutes remaining by referee Stephen Walkom, who called a pair of penalties behind the play. Patrick Sharp put Chicago in front in the second period, but Henrik Zetterberg tied it in the third for No. 7 Detroit, which beat second-seeded Anaheim in seven games in the first round. Howard finished with 33 saves. "Theyre a very talented group," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "I think we pushed them very hard in the series and had a lot of fun doing it." Chicago made it to the conference finals for the first time since it won the title three years ago and will host Los Angeles in Game 1 on Saturday. The Kings advanced with a 2-1 victory over San Jose in Game 7 on Tuesday night. Pittsburgh will host Boston in the opener of the Eastern finals on Saturday. Chicago was one of the favourites to win the Stanley Cup when the playoffs began, storming to the Presidents Trophy during the lockout-shortened season. The Blackhawks then boosted their credentials with a five-game win over Minnesota in the first round and a convincing 4-1 victory against the Red Wings in the series opener. But Howard and Detroit responded with three straight victories, pushing Chicago to the edge of elimination. The frustrated Blackhawks held a team meeting the day after Game 4, where the seeds were planted for theirr improbable comeback.dddddddddddd Three victories later -- in which the Blackhawks outscored the Red Wings 10-5 after managing just two goals in Games 2-4 -- they became the 25th team to win a series after trailing 3-1. It was the first time in franchise history Chicago has made such a comeback. "We dug really deep," captain Jonathan Toews said. "We came in here and asked ourselves a question: How bad we wanted it. You got your answer right there. Thats a heck of a way to pull out four wins in seven games." Crawford finished with 26 saves, continuing his strong performance after allowing a soft goal that nearly proved costly in Game 6. He was especially tough after Detroit turned up the pressure early in the third. The Blackhawks celebrated wildly when Niklas Hjalmarsson blasted a slap shot by Howard with 1:47 left in regulation, prompting cheers from the raucous crowd. But Chicago forward Brandon Saad and Detroit defenceman Kyle Quincey got tangled up in front of the Red Wings bench. Walkom stopped play to give roughing penalties to both players as the Blackhawks went in for what appeared to be the go-ahead goal. "It was getting to the point where he had to call the penalty, I guess. We were going back and forth," Quincey said. "I guess it worked in our favour there." Toews had a long discussion with one of the officials while the cheers turned to boos as the crowd realized the goal was waved off. The Red Wings then rushed down the ice, and Johan Franzens shot was blocked by defenceman Duncan Keith. After a seesaw series with all sorts of twists and turns, Chicago and Detroit faced off one more time in a Western Conference playoff game. The Red Wings will move to the East after this season as part of NHL realignment while the Blackhawks remain in the West. Playing on soft ice due in part to The Rolling Stones concert on Tuesday night, the Original Six teams provided a fitting conclusion to a compelling series. "You have to give the Red Wings credit," Sharp said. "Theyre a well-coached team, they keep coming at you. Each game could have gone the other way. But we have to be proud of ourselves in this locker room for being able to battle back." The Blackhawks got an opening at the start of the second period when Sharp got Kronwall to turn the puck over while the Red Wings changed lines. Sharp then skated in with Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa and finished a pretty passing sequence with his seventh goal of the playoffs at 1:08. The Red Wings tied it at the beginning of the third. Gustav Nyquist made a nice move to get open along the boards and found a streaking Zetterberg on the left side for the captains first goal since the Red Wings 3-2 victory at Anaheim in Game 7 of the first round. "To go all the way, you need a lot of luck," Detroit forward Daniel Cleary said. "You need to be healthy to win. The last five teams that won Cups were still alive. Theres probably a reason for that. Theyre a good team. I mean, tip your hat to them. They played well." NOTES: Detroit C Valtteri Filppula didnt return after leaving in the first period with an undisclosed lower body injury. ... It was the third Game 7 between the Red Wings and Blackhawks. Detroit won 4-2 in 1964, and Chicago returned the favour by the same score a year later. ... White Sox 1B Paul Konerko won his matchup with Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija in shoot the puck after the second period. 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