The year that got away from the Chicago Blackhawks
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Blackhawks were just one goal away from winning back to back cups and three cups in five seasons, and to this day it remains the one game that I would want to take back and change the result.
There is not a lot going on within the world of sports, so like most people I have been watching the Michael Jordan documentary. It has me thinking of how Kane and Toews’ Chicago Blackhawks have a similar set up of winning.
While Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are never going to win six championships, their run of 3 championships in six years was pretty impressive. One day I think we are going to get some kind of documentary ono it when they are all out of the league, but that is not the point.
The Blackhawks were just one goal away from beating the Los Angeles Kings in 2014 to make it to the Stanley Cup Final. We recently ran a twitter poll on Blackhawk Up asking fans whether or not they believed that the Blackhawks would have beat the Rangers in the final if they got past the Kings, and the results were really telling.
The Chicago Blackhawks were down three to one in the western conference finals before winning two games to force a game seven in Chicago. Everything was lining up to be a great ending for the Blackhawks with a game seven victory en route to back to back Stanley Cups, instead, Alec Martinez sent the team home early.
The extra salt in the wound, in my opinion, is the fact that the Blackhawks won the Cup the following year in 2015. This means that the Blackhawks could have potentially won three cups in a row and cemented their dynasty even further. I know that things may have played out differently in 2015, but at the same time, those three years were some of the best Blackhawks hockey ever.
No team was as dominant as the Blackhawks in the salary cap era. Chicago went to five conference finals in seven seasons. Even still, I would do anything to get that one game back in 2014!