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This has got to be the year. 2010 was also the year, but 2013 will be the second year. Two Stanley Cups in four years. Keep this up and people are going to start throwing "D" words like destiny and dynasty around.
Whew. The buzz and excitement is for real, and it gets fans excited. The rational fan will say it is early. The team has to be playing like this going into the playoffs to win it, and they're afraid they will cool off by then.
But 22 straight games, the magic from this year. A possible Presidents' Trophy. If this isn't the year they reclaim the Stanley Cup, when will it be?
Alas, we need to look back in history for some insight. The only time the Blackhawks won the Presidents' Trophy, which goes to the team with the most points in the NHL in the regular season, was back in the 1990-91 NHL season.
The Blackhawks were quite mighty that year too and had title aspirations after winning the trophy by going 49-23-8 and finishing with 106 points.
Sadly, the fervor swiftly turned to failure as that Blackhawks team didn't make it out of the first round. They lost to the Minnesota North Stars, who finished fourth in the division that year with 68 points, 4-2 in their playoff series.
Just last season, many will remember the Canucks won the Presidents' Trophy, and many thought they would finally break through and win their first title. Then a little team called the LA Kings that anyone would've volunteered to play at the start of the playoffs went and took it to Vancouver and knocked them out of the playoffs in just five games.
Top seeds lose all the time in the NHL, and these are just a couple examples. There is more parity in the NHL than say the NBA, where a team like the Miami Heat are not going to lose to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs unless LeBron gets injured.
Anyway, Blackhawks fans also remember the joy of the 2010-2011 playoffs when they came so close to coming back from a 3-0 playoff deficit against the Canucks in the first round only to lose in overtime in game seven. Oh yeah, the Canucks won the Presidents' Trophy that year too.
Now that we feel a little more grounded, we know there is a lot of work still to be done. Whenever the streak finally does end, the Blackhawks will have to elevate their play to its best level come the end of April when they need it most. When that time comes, the Blackhawks will have one goal, one streak in mind, and that is streaking through the playoffs to a championship.
May we be so spoiled to get to see them finish the season like that.