After a pause in play in the NHL, it is a fitting time to reminisce on the best playoff series during the 2010-2015 dynasty run. Win or lose, the Blackhawks were in some tight, entertaining series that came down to the line.
Ranking the best series was not easy, and is something Jimmy Lynch and I have talked a little bit about on the Blackhawk Up podcast. But here is my effort of the top 3 playoff series during the Blackhawks championship run. Let's start with an honorable mention.
Honorable Mention: 2016 Western Conference Quarterfinal versus the St. Louis Blues
Yes, this playoff series technically does fall outside of the 2010-2015 timespan described in the article title, however every fan still believed that the Blackhawks could add onto their dynasty while this playoff series was taking place.
This series was set up perfectly from events in the past, such as the 2014 Western Conference Quarterfinal when these two teams faced off with the Blackhawks defeating the Blues. The rivalry was renewed in a sense, and these teams did not like each other.
All but 1 game was decided by only one goal in this series. The Blackhawks did find themselves down 3-1 to the Blues after game four of the series. It was looking as if the Hawks were going to replicate the comeback they achieved against the Detroit Red Wings in 2013, especially after winning game six in a convincing 6-3 fashion on home ice. However, the Blues did get their revenge and knocked out the defending champs in a wild game seven.
After falling down 2-0 early in the game, Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw netted two goals to tie the game at 2. Former Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawk Troy Brouwer got the go ahead goal for St. Louis, making 3-2 in the third period. With about four minutes remaining in the period, Brent Seabrook had the infamous double post shot that did not find its way in. This ended up being the difference and capped off a wild playoff series between these two division foes.