5 Takeaways from the Chicago Blackhawks 2020 season

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Showing Heart To The End

The Blackhawks showed great heart, even when they were down 3-0 in the series against Vegas. They showed heart down a few points in the standings, never giving the impression that they couldn’t win every game they stepped out on the ice to play in.

The 2017 ‘Hawks that were swept didn’t show much heart in Game 2 and Game 4 during the Predators series. You didn’t see that same lack-of-heart during the 2019-20 season. Even when games were over, their top players went out there and tried to put on a show for fans and improve their standings. There was never a moment this season where I thought to myself, “Man, these guys just don’t have heart.”

That is where I get the Underdog Hawks nickname from. Underdog teams don’t give up, they’ve set out to steal wins from teams that they aren’t expected to beat. They did just that in 2019-20.

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I believe the playoff loss will be something that will sting for a while but will be the driving factor to their success next season. The kids are learning how it feels to lose. They’re a player or two away, along with a goalie, from being a playoff team for real. Once they hit that mark, they’ll be a contender again. I truly think their window is opening up sooner than fans expect.