Raise your hand if you saw that coming.
Put your hand down. Yes, you. Stop it. You’re fooling nobody.
The Chicago Blackhawks, the top seed in the Western Conference, got swept by the Nashville Predators in the first round with a Game 4 loss on Thursday. This wasn’t just any sweep, mind you. It came packaged with little statistical nuggets that make us wonder what happened to the real Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks hadn’t been swept in the playoffs since 1993
That’s 24 years, mind you. I totally didn’t have to use a calculator for that because I’m good at math. That time it was the St. Louis Blues doing the sweeping, and that series is most remembered for Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour losing his marbles over a goal against.
Jonathan Toews scored one goal — his first playoff goal since 2015
For a guy who made the NHL’s official list of 100 greatest players this year due to his playoff prowess, Toews has been pretty silent the past two postseasons.
The kicker? Said goal didn’t come until the final minutes of Game 4.
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) April 21, 2017
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne’s save percentage in four games: .976 percent
Chicago scored three times all series. Ridiculous.
Patrick Kane scored 34 goals in the regular season … and one goal in the postseason
Two straight playoffs of disappointment for the best American hockey player in the NHL today. Kane won the Hart Trophy last season and then only scored once in seven games in a first-round exit against the Blues.
This year? In four games, Kane had one point: a lone goal in a Game 3 overtime loss.
The odds were stacked heavily against a Chicago comeback
We’ve been spoiled with a few massive hockey comebacks over the last few years. Or, at least it seems like it. Heading into Game 4, only 2.15 percent of NHL teams down 3-0 in history had come back to win. That’s four out of 186.
Make that four out of 187.