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Chicago Blackhawks 2012-2013 Yearbook. A Look Back at a Spectacular Season

By Brian Kinkade
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March 20, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) defends the goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

A home regulation loss to the struggling Edmonton Oilers made Hawks Nation a little worried, as many fans feared a losing skid would follow such a dramatic winning streak, as a sort of hangover.  The thought of this is sort of hilarious, in hind-sight.

Next up was another road trip, where the Hawks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets to get back in the win column.  The Hawks then traveled to Texas, where they absolutely blew-out the Dallas Stars, by a score of 8-1.  2 straight wins, and a ridiculous blow-out of epic proportions calmed the anxiety of Hawks Nation, that was fearing a post-streak hangover.

After a victory over the Colorado Avalanche, where the Hawks earned a little revenge over the Avs for ending the historic streak, a mediocre stretch where the Hawks went 2-2.  This was answered when the Hawks traveled to Mo-Town to take on the Detroit Red Wings, in a Sunday matinee.  The Hawks embarrassed their long-time rivals in front of their own fans, by way of total dismantlement in the form of a 7-1 victory.

During the regular season, a theme of the Hawks answering fans worries, by playing 3 periods of dominate hockey, was very common.  Once again, this was a very special season.

The Hawks followed the big victory in Detroit, with a solid 4-0-1 stretch, that left them with a chance to clinch the Central Division on April 12th, 2013, as the Red Wings traveled to Chicago, looking for a bit of revenge for the humiliating defeat in Detroit.  The Wings would put up a mighty fight, which lead to a very exciting back and forth game, that the Blackhawks eventually won 3-2 in a shootout.  The victory secured the Hawks as Central Division Champions.

Just when you thought the regular-season accolades and accomplishments were done, after a solid 3-1-1 stretch, the Hawks defeated the Oilers, in Edmonton 4-1, which clinched The Presidents Trophy, for the Blackhawks.  The Presidents Trophy is awarded to the team with the most points at the end of the NHL regular season.  Although, sports fans are very skeptical and aware of curses(especially in Chicago), and The President’s Trophy came with it’s share of black magic baggage.

Only 1 of the last 9 Presidents Trophy winners had gone on to win the Stanley Cup.

Only 2 of the last 9 Presidents Trophy winners had made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Only 3 of the last 4 Presidents Trophy winners had made it past the first round of the playoffs.

In the mind of many long-suffering Chicago sports fans, the Hawks were clearly doomed.