Chicago Blackhawks got swept largely because the stars just didn’t show up in the postseason. Blackhawks’ stars will always be expected to carry the load, but for the second consecutive year, they failed to show up in the playoffs. Jonathan Toews scored once in the postseason which was a power-play goal with the Hawks trailing 3-0 in Game 4. It was his first goal since Game 5 of the 2015 final. Toews had been held without a goal for 12 straight postseason games. Patrick Kane scored once in the Predators’ series and has two goals in his last 11 playoff games. After two seasons of paying them a combined $21 million in cap hits which is the most two players have combined for in the cap era, both players haven’t showed up in the last two years of the playoffs. You pay them elite money to be elite and that just hasn’t happened.
Artemi Panarin scored 31 goals in the regular season and had 0 against the Predators. Marian Hossa had 26 goals in the regular season and 0 in the series. Artem Anisimov had 22 goals in the regular season and 0 in the series. Richard Panik had 22 goals in the regular season and 0 in the playoffs. It blows my mind that this happened. Should I file a couple of missing person reports? The star players get payed big time, but haven’t stepped up. But hey at least they cash in the money.