DETROIT — Back when the Chicago Blackhawks were unbeatable, it was easy to get caught up in the streak and the comparisons and the Stanley Cup dreams. They couldn’t lose, at least in regulation. They looked like a complete team, with top-end talent, depth and goaltending. They looked like they did in 2009-10, when they won it all.
But it was early in the regular season, and there was caution.
“Is it the same team?” said San Jose Sharks forward Adam Burish, a member of the 2010 champions, the night the Blackhawks set an NHL record by earning points in their first 17 games. “You’ll have to wait till the playoffs start, and we’ll see.”
We’ll see now.
The Blackhawks face a 2-1 deficit in their second-round series with the Detroit Red Wings. They have lost two straight. They are being outplayed from their top-end talent to their depth to their goaltending. They lost their composure at the end of Game 3 in the sauna that was Joe Louis Arena.
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