Best moment from each year of Blackhawks’ 9-year playoff streak

There are plenty of fond memories during Chicago’s recent playoff steak.

Spring will be different this year in Chicago. More Chicago sports fans will have their attention on the city’s Major League Baseball teams than the Stanley Cup playoffs, with the Chicago Blackhawks being mathematically eliminated after Tuesday’s home loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

The Blackhawks had made the playoffs nine straight years, winning the Stanley Cup three times in that span. It was one of the most successful team runs in the Chicago sports history. Here is a list of the best moment from each season during the Hawks’ incredible run.

2008-09: Quenneville promoted to head coach

Chicago pulled the trigger and fired Denis Savard after only four games then promoted Joel Quenneville to head coach. The Hawks had hired Quenneville in September 2008 as a pro scout. It turned out to be a great call by then-general manager Dale Tallon.

Honorable mentions: Pat Foley returns as TV play-by-play man, Brian Campbell signs, Hawks interrupt schedule to attend wake of Tallon’s father, Pierre Pilote/Keith Magnuson’s No. 3 retired, Winter Classic at Wrigley Field

2009-10: Kane’s Cup-clinching goal

There’s no question about Patrick Kane’s Cup-clinching goal landing the top spot for this season. Kane’s shot slipped past Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltender Michael Leighton in overtime of Game 6 to end Chicago’s 49-year Cup drought. It was the longest Cup drought at the time.

HM: Marian Hossa signing, Miracle comeback against Calgary, Kane/Duncan Keith/Jonathan Toews contracts, Keith returns to Game 4 in Western Conference Final after having seven teeth knocked out, Toews joins Triple Gold Club/wins Conn Smythe

2010-11: Hawks tie series against Vancouver after being down 3-0

The Hawks barely made the 2011 playoffs. Needing to win their final game, Chicago stumbled but received help from Minnesota beating Dallas for the Hawks to claim the No. 8 seed. Chicago matched up with Vancouver, who they defeated the previous two postseasons 4-2. The Canucks jumped out to a 3-0 series lead, but the Hawks managed to tie the series. Toews scored with less than two minutes left in the game to send it to overtime, but Alexandre Burrows tallied his second goal of the game to give Vancouver the win.

HM: Hawks match Sharks’ offer sheet for Niklas Hjalmarsson, Wild defeat the Stars to push the Hawks into the playoffs,

2011-12: Extra playoff hockey

For a second straight season, Chicago was bounced out of the first round. However, it took some time for it to happen. The first five games in the series went to overtime, with Chicago scoring the tying goal in less than 15 seconds left in regulation to force the extra session in Games 1 and 2. The series is likely more known for Andrew Shaw’s three-game suspension after hitting Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith in the head in Game 2 and Coyotes’ Raffi Torres’ hit on Hossa causing the Hawks forward to leave the game. Torres was suspended for 25 games.

HM: Brandon Saad drafted/called up, Corey Crawford contract extension

2013: 17 Seconds

From the start of the lockout-shortened season, Chicago was the favorite to win its second Cup in three years. And they did, but it didn’t come easily. Three of the first four games in the Cup Final against Boston went to overtime, including Game 1 at three extra sessions. With a 3-2 series lead, Chicago was down 2-1 with less than two minutes to go in Game 6. Bryan Bickell scored the game-tying goal with 76 seconds remaining in the game and 17 seconds later Dave Bolland batted in the game-winner.

HM: Point streak to start the season, Brent Seabrook’s OT winner caps second-round comeback, Crawford’s F-bomb at Cup rally

2013-14: Hawks rally from 2-0 deficit to beat Blues in first round

The Hawks fell to a 2-0 series deficit in the first round with two overtime losses of 4-3 each in St. Louis. Chicago rattled off four straight wins to win the series against their division rival. The comeback included a shutout by Crawford in Game 3, overtime game-winners by Kane and Toews in Games 4 and 5, respectively, and a four-goal third period in Game 6 to win the series at home.

HM: Hawks win an outdoor game, Michal Handzus’ 2OT winner in Game 5 of WCF

2014-15: Hawks win Cup at home/C.J. Reif at Cup rally

There’s really two options here: the Hawks winning the Cup at home for the first time since 1938 or during the Cup rally the team including C.J. Reif, the son of the late team assistant equipment manager Clint Reif who committed suicide. You can’t go wrong with either choice.

HM: Kane/Toews matching contracts, Kane returns from broken clavicle in time for playoffs, Kimmo Timonen finally lifts the Cup, Rocky Wirtz’s dad joke at the Cup rally

2015-16: Kane has greatest season in franchise history

Kane posted a league-best 106 points, and won the Art Ross and Hart trophies and Ted Lindsay Award during the greatest individual performance in franchise history. He’s the first American-born player to win the Art Ross and the first to reach the 100-point mark since Doug Weight in 1996. His season was highlighted by a 26-point streak, the longest in franchise history and longest since Mats Sundin’s 30-game streak in 1992-93.

HM: Hawks win 12 straight games, Quenneville moves into second all-time in coaching victories, Artemi Panarin wins Calder Trophy

2016-17: Hawks land No. 1 seed in West

Chicago wins 17 of 20 games late in the season — including three against Minnesota — to take control of the Central Division from the Wild. They also reached the 50-win mark for only the second time in franchise history.

The Hawks were then swept in the first round by Nashville. We’ll just obliviate that from memory though.

HM: Alexandre Fortin dazzles prospect camp to earn a contract, Hossa scores his 500th career NHL goal, Vinnie Hinostroza’s first NHL career goal/assist, John Hayden signs/debts