At 10:10 p.m. CDT Sunday night, Chicago shook its fist at fate, cursed the
BREAKING NEWS: Hearts all over town broke watching the
It ended when Kings defenseman
At the 5-minute 47-second mark of overtime, Martinez fired a shot that deflected off teammate Tyler Toffoli's stick and Blackhawks defenseman
"I didn't really know until [
The moment will be etched into the memory of so many Chicago sports fans to whom the pain feels familiar. For some, the temptation now will be to label the Blackhawks' entire season a failure but resist it. Disappointment is more apt. This wasn't a first- or second-round ouster but a loss in the conference finals to the first
"To work as hard as we have to put ourselves in position two years in a row, it's tough to think about,"
With the season on the line for the third straight game, the Blackhawks again responded as if every shift mattered. Every Blackhawks star played like a star, finally with Sharp getting into the act.
The man known for his movie-star looks nearly prevented the team from Hollywood from getting its happy ending with two goals. Sharp's go-ahead score with 1:35 left in the second period looked like the game-winner until
Neither did the Blackhawks on a night many will try to forget but can't.
"Tonight was two great teams with a lot of guys who have won Stanley Cups before," Sharp said.
The Blackhawks came out with intensity that matched the crowd of 22,315, which included Brandon Marshall, Anthony Rizzo and
Just 5:06 into the game, Kane raised the decibel level even more. Behind the net, Kane made one of those passes only he would attempt to
Kane applied more pressure three minutes later by advancing the puck until it popped loose in front of Quick where Toews tapped in his easiest goal of the playoffs. At the 8-minute 36-second mark, the Blackhawks led, 2-0. Bedlam erupted.
Game 2 taught the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead was anything but safe at home. On cue,
Doubt returned with 9:29 left in the second when the puck deflected off
You didn't have to be an NBC executive to appreciate what America witnessed. A wonderful series that deserved a Game 7 required overtime too — as fitting as it was frustrating. With due respect to the
"It's hard to admit to ourselves this season is over," Toews said.
Rest assured, it will be even harder for a hockey city to accept.