How quickly things can turn.
The Blackhawks were 7:17 away from their second consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Game 7 had barely finished, the overtime defeat still stinging too much for the Blackhawks to think back on the whole season and on everything they did during it.
The Blackhawks have always prided themselves as a strong defensive team. They have the numbers to back that up through their successful stints the past few seasons.
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.
The Blackhawks aren’t used to this role in the handshake line, being the team that wishes the other well while it finishes up earlier than expected.