Byline: Rob Bertrand

The fairy tale season came to a climatic end tonight for the young gun Blackhawks. Playing in their 99th game of the season, what started with the team mantra and marketing slogan "One Goal" ended with just that in a 2-1 OT loss to the stacked and talented lineup of the Detroit Red Wings. While the loss stings, the Hawks have nothing to be ashamed of this year.

Few gave the Blackhawks any realistic chance of winning this series but despite a 6-1 drubbing in a crucial Game Four this past Sunday, the gritty Hawks gave it their all and simply came up short. Truth be known, it is surprising that they got this far in the postseason. Pundits said they wouldn’t be able to overcome the veteran experience and leadership of the Calgary Flames in the First Round, led by Miikka Kiprusoff and Jarome Iginla. They won, in six games led by sophomore Kris Versteeg with seven points and Cam Barker with six points. Next came the Vancouver Canucks, a team that gave them matchup problems in the regular season, so much so, that the frustrated Hawks ended up in a complete line brawl with every player on the ice, sans goalies, squared off and going toe-to-toe. They won that series in game six, ON THE ROAD, in what turned into a 7-5 shooting gallery with Patrick Kane (r, photo by Morris), last season’s Rookie of the Year, scoring his first career hat trick, in the postseason no less.