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Chicago Blackhawks’ 10 Worst Moments Of 2016 Calendar Year

By Colin Likas
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 19, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues scrap after game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. The Blues won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

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.

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