How the hell did this even happen?
On the micro level, the Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t have started this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs on a worse note. Twenty minutes into the tournament, the Hawks trailed Nashville 3-0 as Corey Crawford wobbled to the bench for unheralded replacement Scott Darling. The Hawks somehow came back to win that game 4-3, that series and then the three that followed it to clinch their sixth Stanley Cup of all-time and third in the last five years.
Which brings us to “how the hell did this even happen?” on a macro level.
The Hawks have won as many Cups in the last six seasons as they did in the years 1926-2009 combined. For half of that time, they were only competing against five other teams. They could only manage one while anchored by two of the best to ever play the game in Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull.