Detroit-Chicago: Blackhawks End Season on Down Note

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IApril 6, 2008

The Chicago Blackhawks' season ended with a disappointing 4-1 loss at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings.  The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Chicago.

Patrick Kane scored Chicago's only goal with 2:20 left in the game to spoil Dominik Hasek's shutout bid.  The goal was Kane's 21st of the season.

Kane finished the season with a total of 72 points, topping rookies in scoring. 

Fellow rookie Jonathan Toews ended the year with 24 goals and 30 assists.  His 24 goals in only 64 games led all rookie goal-scorers.

Detroit got two goals from Nicklas Lidstrom, and Jiri Hudler and Mark Hartigan also added goals to the victory. 

The Red Wings now head to the playoffs with the best record in the NHL.  They will face fellow Central Division foe Nashville.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks will head home and regroup for next season.

Despite the loss, the increase in points (88 this season, up from 71 a year ago) and the hunt for the playoffs has given the whole organization great momentum. They hope this strength and energy will benefit them in free agency this summer and into next season, when they hope to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001-02.

But on Wednesday, the playoffs will get underway, and the Blackhawks will be spectators once again.