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What we loved about the Hawks' season--and what we didn't

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Beyond the jaw-dropping skills of the team's stars and Coach Q's immaculate mustache, Blackhawks fans will have plenty to remember—and forget—from this season.

 

THAT WAS AWESOME

The mullets

For the second straight season, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad went the mullet route for the postseason in addition to traditional playoff beards. They seem to be working, so keep that barber on call.

Corey Crawford's performance

Some armchair analysts will say he's not an "elite" goaltender, whatever that means. The eye test says he was iffy at times, but it also says the Hawks would not have made it as far as they did without Crawford standing on his head when needed.

Antti Raanta's war stories

If you haven't heard the Hawks backup goaltender, who has served in the Finnish army, tell his story about the training mishap, Google it now. He also went 13-5-4-1 this season, filling in admirably when Corey Crawford was injured.

Stadium Series

A perfect night for hockey, especially if you were watching from a warm place and could admire the March 1 blizzard in comfort. The result was a sold-out, 5-1 Hawks win over Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh at Soldier Field, and with it comes the hope the NHL brings another outdoor game to the city.

More hardware?

Jonathan Toews is a finalist for the Selke Trophy (for best defensive forward, which he won in 2013) and the Messier Leadership Award, while Duncan Keith is up for the Norris Trophy (for best defenseman, which he won in 2010) and the Foundation Player Award. The winners will be announced June 24.

 

THAT SUCKED

Kris Versteeg

It seemed like coach Joel Quenneville—and fans—soured on Versteeg as the season progressed. Also, we got zero original raps from him after he rejoined the team midseason. So disappointing.

Corey Crawford's pads

Yep, still missing. If the thief is reading this, Hawks fans hate you more than losing to the Kings. Well, almost. Regardless, there's a lot of anger being directed your way.

Patrick Sharp's postseason

We'll start by pointing out the handsome one was money in the regular season: played all 82 games and led the team in points (34 goals, 44 assists). That's why his struggles in the playoffs (five goals, five assists) hurt a little bit more.

Andrew Shaw's injury

You're on Chicago's list, Minnesota defenseman Clayton Stoner. That hit on Andrew Shaw, keeping him out seven playoff games, was pretty nasty. Expect to drop the gloves when these teams meet next season.

Suspensions

Brandon Bollig and Brent Seabrook both were disciplined for dangerous hits in the playoffs. Way to use your head, guys.

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