May 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalieCorey Crawford
(50) receives congratulations from Chicago Blackhawks centerPatrick Sharp
(10) after game six of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Chicago won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Blackhawks Defeat Red Wings In 2013 Playoffs
While the Blackhawks broke their 49-year drought with a Stanley Cup in 2010, there was still a big goal left unchecked. The year prior, the Blackhawks had fallen to all-time rival Detroit Red Wings in the Conference Finals, and the two teams wouldn’t meet in the postseason again until 2013.
The Blackhawks were suddenly the team on the rise while the Wings were the team struggling to stick around. But as was mentioned in the previous slide, the Wings didn’t play that way. The Blackhawks had their backs against the wall against Detroit, but they found a way to push the Wings from the playoffs as a way to pass the torch of sustained success from the Wings to the Blackhawks. It was also fitting this happened in 2013, as the Wings moved on to the Eastern Conference the following season.
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