The Chicago Blackhawks: A Six-Year Odyssey

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Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) is congratulated for scoring during the first period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Although the chances for a repeat are gone, Blackhawks fans should be as optimistic as anyone. With a young core led by two of the top-10 players in all of hockey, savvy veterans like Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa and a Cup-winning goaltender in Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks will stay in the Stanley Cup picture for seasons to come.

Sure, the loss on Sunday still stings. But, enjoy the run this team has been on, Chicago. What you’re witnessing is something special.