Have the Blackhawks quit? You just got your answer

Have the Blackhawks quit? You just got your answer

If you're wondering whether or not the Blackhawks have quit on this season, you just got your answer.

After an embarrassing 7-2 loss in San Jose on Thursday, the Blackhawks turned back the clock and channeled some late-game magic by ralling from two goals down and scoring four unanswered goals in the third period to stun the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 on Saturday.

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews flexed their championship muscles, each recording three points and Toews scoring his first game-winner of the season. Brandon Saad had his first point in six games. Brent Seabrook logged a team-high 24:38 of ice time and tallied an assist to move into a tie for second among Chicago defensemen with 19 points this season.

It was like 2013 all over again.

Sure, the Blackhawks' nine-year playoff streak is almost certainly coming to an end.

But this is a prideful core group that has won three Stanley Cups and reached five Conference Finals over the last decade. They won't just lay down.

And you have to imagine they had some great satisfaction in stealing two points away from the Kings, who would have tied the Sharks for second in the Pacific Division with a victory.

If the Blackhawks had lost this game in regulation like it appeared they were headed, their chances at landing the No. 1 overall pick would have increased from 5.8 percent to 6.7, according to Not so fast.

While it's certainly tempting to consider the possibility of enhancing your odds at drafting highly-touted Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who could become only the third blue liner in 22 years to be selected first overall, the idea of tanking is a terrible approach because it instills a losing mentality.

It's also bad karma.

That's not in the Blackhawks' DNA to begin with, and Saturday's comeback only reaffirmed that.

At no point in the season have they ever looked like a team that has surrended. They lead the league in 5-on-5 shot attempts; not exactly indicative of a club that has thrown its hands up in the air.

The most important thing for the Blackhawks down the stretch is competing hard for a full 60 minutes, continuing to develop their young players and maintaining that never-quit attitude.

That's good karma.

Could Dylan Sikura step into one of the Blackhawks' top two lines before the season ends?


Could Dylan Sikura step into one of the Blackhawks' top two lines before the season ends?

The Blackhawks' struggles this year have led to fans looking more towards the future. Another name that could play a part in that future appears to be on his way to the NHL.

Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Dylan Sikura, a rising prospect who just finished his senior season at Northeastern, could be joining the Blackhawks as early at Thursday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Sikura was a sixth-round pick in 2014, but has improved his stock in college. In 35 games this season he had 22 goals and 32 assists for the Huskies and is one of 10 players up for the Hobey Baker Award to the best player in NCAA men's hockey. The Huskies made it to the 16-team NCAA tournament, but lost in the first round to Michigan 3-2 on Saturday.

In a Periscope during the second intermission of Saturday's 3-1 Blackhawks win against the Islanders, NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks analyst Brian Campbell talked about Sikura's potential impact on the team in the final games of the season (skip to the 4:00 mark to hear about Sikura). Campbell thinks Sikura will be thrown into the deep end because the Blackhawks are eliminated and will try to evaluate him before the season is over.

"I guarantee he's playing with one of the top two lines," Campbell said. "Give him a shot, see what he's got because you got to find out in the last maybe five games of the season what you have going into next season."

If Sikura debuts against the Jets, he could play in five games before the Blackhawks' season ends.

Podcast: Eddie O discusses what went wrong for Blackhawks this season


Podcast: Eddie O discusses what went wrong for Blackhawks this season

Eddie Olczyk joins Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Jamal Mayers to discuss what went wrong for the Blackhawks this season, and what changes could happen this summer to get the team back into the postseason.

Listen to the entire HawksTalk Podcast here: