The Chicago Blackhawks were eliminated from the postseason by their old netminder, Robin Lehner.
The Chicago Blackhawks were eliminated by the Vegas Golden Knights in five games of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The only reason they were invited to the playoffs was because of COVID-19 giving them an opportunity to play in the play-in series. They defeated the Edmonton Oilers in four games to make the playoffs where they had a chance against Vegas. Well, Vegas is a far superior team and the Hawks had no chance. Robin Lehner was given the opportunity to play and he beat the team that traded him this season.
It was the right move to trade Robin Lehner. We can rip Stan Bowman for a lot of things but moving Lehner isn’t one of those things. They were not going to the playoffs if it was a normal season and he made it pretty clear that he wasn’t signing a long term deal with them. The pause and return to play gave the Hawks a second chance but nobody saw that coming. Lehner is playing well with Vegas and deserved to win this series.