The Chicago Blackhawks face adversity again in their quest for the Stanley Cup, and one thing is for certain that the ability to respond to adversity seems to be part of their DNA. In this recent version of the Chicago Blackhawks with Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, and Sharp being around since 2007 as regulars they have faced many adversities before being able to say Two-time Stanley Cup Champion. Here is a look at some of those adversities they had to overcome.
Turning Around The Franchise-Before we look at specific game or series examples let’s take a look at what was their biggest adversity which was turning around a franchise from basement dwellers to an elite team in the NHL. Yes of course talent has something to do with it, but changing a losing mentality to a winning atmosphere is harder to do especially and isn’t jus based on raw talent after a decade long search for wins. The young core was able to break down the losing doors very quickly when you look at the fact that there was only two 40 win seasons in 13 years before the core arrived, but since their arrival the only non 40 win season was the 36 win season the Hawks had last year in the shortened season.
Nashville series 2010- The Blackhawks like this year faced huge adversity in the first round of the playoffs in 2010. Pekka Rinne and Barry Trotz had the Hawks stymied and in Game #5 it looked bleak with the Hawks down a goal with a Marian Hossa 5 minute major staring them in the face and the possibility of them going down 3-2 with Game #6 on the road in Nashville, but with seconds remaining Patrick Kane scored the tying goal and seconds after Hossa’s penalty expired the Hawks won the game and eventually the series.
Stanley Cup Finals 2010-The Blackhawks were facing a tough as nails Philadelphia Flyers team in the 2010 finals and were staring down a Game #7 date with destiny at the United Center a game nobody wanted to see because strange things can always happen in Game #7’s. It looked like the Hawks were going to win with just a few minutes left up in the third period but the Flyers found a way to score. The Hawks went to overtime and were able to overcome the adversity for the first Cup in 49 years with the Kane goal that very few saw go in!