The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t fold when the St. Louis Blues managed a 2-0 lead in Game 7, but they ultimately lost 3-2 anyway.
For a team with three recent Stanley Cup rings on their resume, moral victories probably don’t do a lot of good.
CSNChicago.com features full reactions from a downtrodden Blackhawks team on the same night that their season ended following an instant-classic series.
“It just doesn’t really feel right. Pretty quick right after to put everything right after into words. Obviously not the outcome we were looking for,” Kane said. ” … Obviously they got that goal there in the third and you’re trying to play catch-up again. Maybe one too many times in the hole.”
The Blues finally landed that last punch in a series that had a big-fight feel.
You won’t hear many players pin that 3-2 loss on this chance not going in:
Maybe more soul-searching (and finger-pointing?) will come with some downtime, but right now, the Blackhawks are sticking up for each other.
Chicago now must face something they haven’t seen very often in the past several years: a long summer.