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The Chicago Blackhawks Had Everything Going Their Way

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

The franchise’s motto is “One Goal.’’ This isn’t that goal. This is failure.

Some franchises might be happy to reach the conference finals. Some might be thrilled just to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Not the Hawks. It’s Cup or bust. They tell us all the time. “One Goal.’’...

Just like that, epic fail.

So much played out in the Hawks’ favor, starting with captain Jonathan Toews, regarded as the best two-way player in the game, and Patrick Kane, the scariest stickhandler in the league.

They also had Marian Hossa, a first-team two-way player. They had Patrick Sharp, one of the best snipers going. They had defenseman Keith, a Norris Trophy candidate, and their next three defensemen were considered to be No. 1 blueliners by Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

The Hawks had everything their way. They owned the roster with the best top-end talent and depth. They had some swagger. They were the defending champs, and despite finishing third in their division, they were looking at home-ice advantage in the three final rounds.

They missed the Avalanche and vexing goalie Semyon Varlamov. They got into the Blues’ heads. They had more talent than the Wild. They had more top-end talent than the Kings, and they are a far more talented team than the Rangers, even if the Rangers have the best goalie in the game.

The Hawks should’ve been the best team going, and they should gone back-to-back and won their third Cup in five years. They didn’t.

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redxblack's avatar

It’s an “epic fail” to lose in a game 7 OT after being down in the series 3-1?

Chicago fought hard, but the playoffs are far more than matching stat sheets and rosters as to figure who the best team is. Sometimes it comes down to a bad bounce or poorly called penalty.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/02/14 at 10:24 AM ET

SnLO's avatar

Just like that, epic fail.

Holysh!t dude. Overreact much? Epic fail is if the defending champs fail to get in the playoffs or get swept in the first round, not losing in OT of game 7 of the conference finals. Get some perspective. It’s ok to be disappointed.  Any idea how difficult it is to accomplish what they’ve done this season? Probably not. You should be celebrating this teams success and quality. This isn’t high school where you do your homework, pass your tests and get all A’s. This is real life where sometimes you don’t get everything you desire no matter how hard you try because you are competing against other people doing the same thing. This writers attitude just pisses me off. Epic fail… Epic a$$hole.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 06/02/14 at 10:28 AM ET

Its All Hockey's avatar

OMG ! These two comments I think sum it up nicely vampire

Posted by Its All Hockey on 06/02/14 at 10:40 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

their goalie is osgoodv2.  They won their cup inspite of him, not because of him.  that goes both ways. Crawford is just a slightly above average goaltender.  I have no idea why they paid him that much.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/02/14 at 10:40 AM ET

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their goalie is osgoodv2

So all he’ll do in his career is win then? Damn, that sucks.

They won their cup inspite of him, not because of him.

I always love the idea that shitty goalies help lead their teams to a championship in what is easily the toughest playoffs in all of sports.

I have no idea why they paid him that much.

It probably has something to do with all of the games he wins (both regular season and playoffs)...?...just guessing.

Posted by godblender on 06/02/14 at 11:01 AM ET

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Yea not epic fail, sorry. they came back down 3-1 in the series, and they lost in OT in a game 7. Doesnt get any closer than that. Lets be honest. im surprised they got that far. If you had watched the hawks this season, every game like i did, then you should realize they arent as good as last year. If you really think they were going to win the cup this year, just like that, then you should no longer report on hockey.

They lack the depth at center, they blew alot of leads this season and quite honestly looked pathetic some games. Corey Crawford didnt bring his a+ game this series, like he had last year. The defense was super loose all series.
Where was Hossa and Bickell and Versteeg in game 7?

There are the facts you should represent. Not just say how much of a EPIC FAIL it was, which is not true at all.

Posted by mbeck300 on 06/02/14 at 11:47 AM ET

awould's avatar

Corey Crawford didnt bring his a+ game this series, like he had last year. The defense was super loose all series.

These things are related. His A-game from last year was a function of a good solid D in front of him. Take that away and you’re left with a B-goalie.

Posted by awould on 06/02/14 at 12:40 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

These things are related. His A-game from last year was a function of a good solid D in front of him. Take that away and you’re left with a B-goalie.

LA did make Seabrook their bitch all series, even after the “brilliant” pairing change by Quenville.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/02/14 at 01:45 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Man, it’s a tough day: the crocodile tears just keep coming.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/02/14 at 01:51 PM ET

awould's avatar

I was surprised this went to 7. As much as the Hawks are bemoaning their bad luck, losing on a flukey-type goal in OT in Game 7, they could’ve been ousted in Game 5 the same way.

The Hawks won the first game by 2 goals, against a tired LA team fresh off a Game 7. Their other two wins were squeakers that could’ve gone either way. LA whipped Chicago in 2 of their wins. Just looking at the stats alone, the better team won.

Posted by awould on 06/02/14 at 02:02 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

But are they an elite team? wink

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/02/14 at 10:43 PM ET

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