Despite all their woes last season the Blackhawks had their playoff fate directly in their hands. Beat Detroit and you were in, or loss and pray that Minnesota won.
As many of you know, the 'Hawks lost, but(by some miracle) Minnesota won, giving the 'Hawks the eighth seed in the playoffs.
But who could really be proud of an entrance like that?
The fact that the 'Hawks couldn't rely on themselves to put them in the playoffs was the season in a nutshell; a half-hearted and "where's the intensity and desire" season.
Us, as fans, didn't see a hint of it until MAYBE the last few games of the first round of the playoffs. Even though the 'Hawks came one goal away from advancing and knocking out Vancouver, it wasn't because Chicago played spectacular.
In fact, the 'Hawks played like crap most of the series.
The Blackhawks didn't play like a Stanley Cup caliber team because teams that go far, win the games that matter most.