The Chicago Blackhawks failed this season.
Simply put, they failed to reach expectations and were taken out in the first round by the Phoenix Coyotes.
So many players on the Blackhawks' roster can take the blame for an above-average season and a letdown in the playoffs.
Different star players went through long slumps, and the power play was downright awful. The Hawks were even without their captain for a good chunk of the season.
It would be easy to blame a bad playoff run on the goaltender, but it wouldn't be right. The Hawks can improve in many different areas of their overall game; once they do, they will be able to legitimately compete for another Stanley Cup.
These are the five reasons why the Blackhawks failed to meet expectations this season.