But they know they have to dig even deeper. At this point it’s not just about how well they compete, but how well they learn from flops like that one.
‘‘I don’t think anyone really brought their ‘A’ game today,’’ captain Jonathan Toews said.
‘‘Here, the memories were so special and so good and the people were so special to me and my family that it was tough,’’ Quenneville said.
But even if the Hawks fail to make the playoffs, they at least are back on their feet, with a foundation to build on.
Red-hot Brendan Perlini scored his eighth goal in seven games as the Hawks continued to boost their playoff hopes.
“I thought [the Leafs game] was his best game,” Colliton said. “He was very active. He skated, did a tone of work, forechecking, was heavy on pucks.”
He got more value than you normally get in free agency and filled key holes at nickel and safety while still leaving room for inevitable extensions.
Crawford has been stellar in his last three starts — a 1.13 GAA and .957 save percentage in victories against the Stars, Coyotes and Maple Leafs.
The Hawks have not yet “arrived” under Colliton, but it sure looks like they’re moving forward after taking a step or two — or three — backward.
Duncan Keith, Brendan Perlini, Dominik Kahun and Brandon Saad scored as the Hawks (31-30-9, 71 points) led 4-0 after one period.
“Those are the things that help grow the game,” Kane said. ”It was a pretty cool moment. I don’t think it’ll be a moment either of us will forget.”
For the first time in several years, the chances of the Bears improving from within is greater than their need to do it through free agency.
As it turned out, the Bulls — without Otto Porter Jr. and Kris Dunn — couldn’t beat the Bucks.
After being benched in the 4th quarter of the Bulls’ victory Saturday against the Celtics in favor of Ryan Arcidiacono, Dunn missed the game Monday.
Prices for season tickets for the 2019 season will increase an average of 4.1 percent.