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The Chicago Blackhawks Were Swept Out Of The Playoffs

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Welcome to the new reality, Blackhawks.

After years in a different realm as the gold standard of NHL excellence in the salary-cap era, the Hawks’ stunning demise against the eighth-seeded Predators — a four-game sweep after a 4-1 loss Thursday at Bridgestone Arena — likely signaled the end of an era as Stanley Cup favorites.

The Hawks still will be contenders in future postseasons — though the demise of the once-mighty Kings remains a cautionary tale — but the days of “flipping the switch,” forcing good teams to play poorly and willing their way to victory appear to be over. Against the Predators, the Hawks were just another playoff team at the mercy of NHL parity and the hockey gods. Neither was kind to the Hawks this postseason.

“It was a major disappointment across the board,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “They raised their level of play in the playoffs, and I don’t think we got to where we had to be.”


Game highlights and handshakes are below...



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The Predators outplayed the Hawks each and every game. Their defense was especially impressive. They have a tough road ahead to the finals but have the right makeup for a Cup champion.

It may be a tad early to say the Hawks are on the decline but their challenges are going to get bigger. Can Hossa really play 4 more years? Seabrook and Keith have 6 more. The team almost has to have the cap continue to rise or they won’t be able to keep any young talent.

Posted by evileye on 04/21/17 at 09:57 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Welcome to Cap Hell, Hawks!

Somehow I get the feeling the Bowmans’ will find a way out of this

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/21/17 at 12:12 PM ET


Welcome to Cap Hell, Hawks!

They’ve been in it for awhile now and handled it as necessary to keep their core in place. But as that core ages and hit the back half of those really long contracts it will get worse. They also doled out NMCs on each of those contracts.


Posted by evileye on 04/21/17 at 12:34 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

One down (Hawks) with one to go (Pittsburgh). smile

Posted by bigfrog on 04/21/17 at 09:23 PM ET

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