No. 4: First-Round Playoff Exit To St. Louis
For the Blues and their fans, seeing the Chicago Blackhawks fall in seven games in the teams’ first-round playoff series earlier this year was cathartic. Of course, the team didn’t even make it to the Stanley Cup Final, but hey. Baby steps.
On the Chicago side, however, it was a really unfortunate loss. The Blackhawks didn’t have the defense to contend with most anyone in the postseason, yet they kept staying alive against the Blues on the back of Corey Crawford and some timely scoring.
It just wasn’t enough. Losing to a rival in the postseason is always painful, but this one especially hurt because the Blackhawks had somewhat mortgaged their future and went all-in at the trade deadline. And they couldn’t even crack the first round of the postseason.
Of course, with the Blackhawks starting this season with a nice grab of points, it puts a little less worry into the immediate future. But losing to the Blues in the postseason — or in general — will never not sting.