Nov 23, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows (14) and forward Daniel Sedin (22) have a scoring chance against Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (50) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
-In 2011 the Blackhawks trailed the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 in the opening round of the Playoffs and the Blackhawks could have packed it in and went home after Game #4, but this team and core doesn’t quit and made a huge comeback and in Game #6 Ben Smith (#57) forced a 7th game, and in Game #7 on the road the Hawks forced overtime only to go home without the win, but being down 3-0 and getting it to overtime in a 7th game is battling adversity personified.
End of 2012– In 2012 the Hawks faced a different type of challenge, they were fighting for their playoff lives and at what seemed like the worst possible time went on a 9 game losing streak. In the middle of that streak they lost their Captain for the final 23 games of the season with a concussion. The Hawks with the rest of their core dug deep and made the playoffs only to find themselves in another injury controversy when Raffi Torres took out Marian Hossa for the rest of the playoffs. The Hawks ran into a hot goalie in Mike Smith and weren’t 100% but they faced adversity head on when many teams could have melted away without making a playoff appearance.
– Early in 2013 shortened season the Blackhawks were in Calgary a true house of horror for them, and they were dominating the game while trailing even though Ray Emery stopped over 40 shots that night. The Hawks looked to be skating away with a loss when Marian Hossa in the final seconds tied thing up and the Hawks ability to do things under adversity had returned for another season.
-The biggest adversity the team has faced in this Stanley Cup era had to be last spring being down 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings. There is so many highlights to choose from but let’s take a quick look at one highlight or low light that says everything you want to about the Hawks rising up from adversity.
If there ever was a time that a Chicago team would crumble after extreme adversity was after the Niklas Hjalmarsson disallowed goal! Yes there is the Handzus goal and Frolik penalty shot from Game #6, and of course the Seabrook series clincher in Game #7, but it was how the Hawks responded to this play that proves Adversity and the Ability to respond to adversity is in their blood.
Now with the 3 game suspension of Brent Seabrook handed out and the Hawks coughing up 3-2 leads extremely late in the third period of games and losing in overtime it’s time for the Blackhawks DNA to kick in and show the St. Louis Blues what a real champion looks like and take over this series by playing 60 minute games.
This is not the highlight that will define this series if the Hawks DNA has anything to say about it!
What do you think? Will we look back at Game #2 as just another example of how the Blackhawks overcame the adversity which made them stronger?
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