Stan Bowman talked of the goals set at the start of this season, the biggest being the desire to play into June.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been the cornerstones of the Blackhawks' resurgence back to NHL greatness.
How quickly things can turn.
The Blackhawks were 7:17 away from their second consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
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.