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Worse to lose in 4...or lose like the Blackhawks?

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We won't be seeing this scene again this year

After the Blackhawks-Canucks game, I started wondering what's a worse way to get knocked out of the playoffs: 1) Lose four straight games or...2) lose three, then come back from the dead to win three, then lose Game 7...in overtime?

You gotta feel badly for the defending Stanley Cup champs. Chicago came back from the brink and "made it a series" (a cliche I've come to despise). But after all that struggle to come all the way back, and all the expectations and emotions that built up along with it, wouldn't you just rather have lost Game 4 and ended it then? I know the emotion of victory in overtime of Game 7 would be sweeter than a sweep...is the emotion of defeat equally more painful?