The Blackhawks rallied back from a 3-1 series deficit in the Western Conference Final to tie the series at three with two consecutive wins, and pushed the Los Angeles Kings to the brink in Game 7. But the Kings survived, knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champions, 5-4 in overtime Sunday at the United Center.
The Blackhawks fell short of making NHL history — no team has ever come back from a 3-1 series deficit in back-to-back postseasons — and also left some unfinished business on the table.
- The Blackhawks went 1-5 this postseason when taking a 2-0 lead in games, including Game 7.
- The Blackhawks are now 13-1 in Games 5-7 over the past two seasons, including 5-1 in elimination games.
- Joel Quenneville remains one win away from his 100th career postseason victory, and also stays tied with Bill Reay for most playoff coaching wins in Blackhawks franchise history with 57.
- Corey Crawford is three playoff wins away from tying goaltender Ed Belfour (35) for second-most postseason wins in franchise history. Tony Esposito is first with 45.
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But the Blackhawks also accomplished several individual milestones.
Here's a deeper look:
- Jonathan Toews now ranks No. 6 on the Blackhawks' all-time list for playoff points with 81, surpassing Doug Wilson.
- Patrick Sharp tied teammate Patrick Kane with 37 career postseason goals as a member of the Blackhawks, which ranks fifth-most in franchise history.
- Kane also surpassed Pierre Pilote for sixth-most postseason assists (54) in franchise history.
But right now, the only statistics that mattered in Chicago are the two numbers on the United Center scoreboard at the end of the night: Kings 5, Blackhawks 4.
(Sticktap to CSN's Christopher Kamka and NHL's Public Relations Department for the contributions).