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Chicago Blackhawks Lose Season Finale In Overtime

By Keith Schultz
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The 2015-2016 regular season that began way back when in October has come to an end in Columbus with that stupid cannon getting fired.  The Chicago Blackhawks lost their season finale in Columbus 5-4 in overtime, but it wasn’t without some huge Chicago Blackhawks highlights.

Patrick Kane scored the quickest goal in his career when he picked up his 250th career goal of his career 9 seconds into the contest.  Artemi Panarin scored the next two goals and it gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-0 first period lead.   The worst part of Panarin picking up 3 points in the first period is that a huge 1.7 million dollar bonus will most likely kick in now with Panarin ending in the Top 10 points in all forwards in the NHL.

The problem with the bonus is that it will end up hurting the Chicago Blackhawks next season when this bonus goes on their salary cap, but did anyone really believe that Panarin would score 77 points in his rookie season.

Kane would score once again in the third period to tie the game at 4, and to give Kane his final point of the season giving him 106 and the most since 1994 when Jeremy Roenick picked up 107.  Kane scored 46 goals a career high for him and he tied his career high with 60 assists.  It seemed liked both Panarin and Kane were trying to get each other another hat trick late in the third period, but neither would get one in even though they had some fantastic chances.

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The best part of the game on Saturday night was seeing Corey Crawford in net, and he was alright with nothing spectacular but nothing terrible either. Their was one goal that could be considered soft, but the rest we could just go ahead and blame on the Chicago Blackhawks defense which has never been really good this season.  One other good thing about this game is that it means that we are only one game away having Duncan Keith back on the blue line, which needs their all world defenseman back as soon as possible.

The game ends a season with a bunch of ups and downs like most seasons contain when you have a schedule with an 82 game slate, but one thing that is exciting as the Chicago Blackhawks head towards is they seemed to have found their offense.  Of course when Kand and Panarin can dance around with ease and that is fun to watch even in a 5-4 loss.

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What are your thoughts of the Hawks loss in the finale?

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