After a highly successful 2009-10 campaign in which the Chicago Blackhawks
won that big, fancy trophy everyone seems to want, the Hawks followed
up their Stanley Cup season with a less than vigorous defense of the
Looking disinterested and tired, they spent much of the season perched on the playoff bubble and, after losing to the Detroit Red Wings in game 82, needed a Dallas Stars loss to the Minnesota Wild in order to even qualify for the postseason. Thankfully, the Stars came through for them.
The Blackhawks then opened their first round series versus the Vancouver Canucks
with the same lethargy they had opened the regular season, waking up
after they had already spotted their archnemesis a 3-game lead. Though
they stormed back, tying the series and sending the Game 7 into
overtime, a Chris Campoli(notes) giveaway allowed Alex Burrows to walk in on Corey Crawford(notes) and end their season.