CHICAGO -- Never again, or at least not this season, will the Chicago Blackhawks or their fans underestimate the simple and indisputable value of victory, regardless of the points attached.
The team won its fourth straight game on Tuesday night, which only eight days ago would have appeared inconceivable. Let's face it, eight days ago, even one win was starting to look that way, much less against their old rivals, the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings.
That each team was missing its star center -- Jonathan Toews and Pavel Datsyuk both sat out with injuries -- may have erased some of the luster going in. But much like the Chicago Bulls prevailing without Derrick Rose, the Hawks' 2-1 victory minus their captain can do nothing but bolster the confidence of a team that needs every bit of it moving forward.