Fans tend to hold onto the past like painful memories in their family history. Ask any Cubs fan and he or she can recite the events of 1969, 1984, 1989 and 2003 in depressing detail.
Media tend to hold onto the past because it makes for good storylines. Late Saturday night, reporters were noting all the eerie similarities between this Coyotes-Blackhawks series and the Coyotes first-round series against the St. Louis Blues 13 years earlier.
The Coyotes also led that series 3-1 before dropping the final three games. In that series, Phoenix played without center Jeremy Roenick (broken jaw) for all but one game. In this series, center Martin Hanzal has played a little more than one game due to a lower body injury.
In that series, a Blues defenseman scored a third-period goal to tie the score at 1-1 and force overtime in Game 5, which St. Louis won 2-1. On Saturday, Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy did the same thing before captain Jonathan Toews won it in overtime.
And yes, Chicago coa...