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The Chicago Blackhawks Drop Their Sixth Game In A Row

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

So was it rock bottom when the Coyotes’ Alex Goligoski scored a short-handed goal on a harmless shot from below the half-wall, chasing Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg from the game after allowing three goals on 13 shots?

Was it rock bottom two minutes later, when goalie Jeff Glass and defenseman Brent Seabrook thought Glass had the puck, only to watch helplessly as the Coyotes’ Tobias Rieder found it in the crease and easily smacked it in?

Or was it rock bottom when the Hawks were booed off the ice by their own fans after the second period in an arena they’ve made their own for years?

The Hawks hit a new low in a 6-1 loss Monday to the dead-last Coyotes. It was their sixth loss in a row, their longest regular-season skid since a nine-game debacle during the 2011-12 season.

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The Chicago TankHawks?

Posted by duhduhduh on 02/13/18 at 09:38 AM ET

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The Chicago TankHawks?

It sure would stick in a lot of craws around here if they won the lottery.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/13/18 at 09:57 AM ET

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I’m enjoying their collapse more than anything else this season. 

I think they can officially throw in the towel on the year.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/13/18 at 10:45 AM ET

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It sure would stick in a lot of craws around here if they won the lottery.
Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/13/18 at 08:57 AM ET

I’ll being drinking a gallon of bleach if they win the draft lottery.

Posted by Steve1306 on 02/13/18 at 11:40 AM ET

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Dan Bernstein of CBS Chicago,

This is all getting a bit strange at this point, and I’m not talking about the 24-32 record, the last-place position in the Central Division or the obvious fact that the Blackhawks are going to fail to make the NHL playoffs for the first time in a decade.

I mean that that so few people seem to care.

Here we have expensive All-Star players whose individual games have collapsed entirely, trades and acquisitions that have blown up in the team’s face, an ongoing mystery regarding a still-undisclosed injury to their starting goaltender, rumors about both a coaching change and instability in the front office, and the typical Chicago sports fan seems far more concerned about who’s teaching Mitchell Trubisky new run/pass options and where and how Javier Baez is going to find adequate playing time.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/13/18 at 11:58 AM ET

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To be fair, hockey has always taken a back seat to the likes of football.

However, I am more and more inclined to believe our couple resident Illinois/Chicago natives that the bandwagon is coming apart.

Pittsburgh will get their just dues soon. Just not soon enough.

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/13/18 at 12:02 PM ET

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However, I am more and more inclined to believe our couple resident Illinois/Chicago natives that the bandwagon is coming apart.

That would definitely explain the 22,000+ fans they draw for every home game.

Pittsburgh will get their just dues soon.

Sure they will. Right after they win another Cup or two.

Posted by godblender on 02/13/18 at 12:22 PM ET

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Posted by godblender on 02/13/18 at 11:22 AM ET

Fair enough.

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/13/18 at 12:29 PM ET

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I’ll being drinking a gallon of bleach if they win the draft lottery.

That’s when, not if. smile

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/13/18 at 12:30 PM ET

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That would definitely explain the 22,000+ fans they draw for every home game.


Posted by godblender on 02/13/18 at 11:22 AM ET

Wow, they manage to draw 22,000 a night out of a population of almost 10 million in the Chicagoland area?  That’s something else.  rolleyes

Toledo draws almost 8000 a night, for ECHL hockey none the less, out of a population of 300,000.  Now that’s a fan base that actually cares.

Living in the Chicago area, I can tell you that the Hawks bandwagon has always been made of twigs and straw.  It’s definitely coming apart.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/13/18 at 12:49 PM ET

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Wow, they manage to draw 22,000 a night out of a population of almost 10 million in the Chicagoland area?  That’s something else.

Yes, it is “something else”, and that “something else” is the highest attendance in the league.

But hey, a disgruntled Wings fan in Chicago says that the fanbase is coming apart, despite empirical evidence that it isn’t, so it must be.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/13/18 at 01:13 PM ET

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Speaking as someone who lives in the city, it’s not the same now as it was two years ago.  The previous 7 years you’d go to any bar from River North to Wrigleyville and they would have the game on.  And half or more of the people there would be intently watching the game, wearing jerseys, yelling.  All that.  I wouldn’t say they were good fans, but they showed up.

This year (and really last year too) it isn’t like that.  Bars aren’t playing the games.  Nobody is out watching them.  No one wears the jerseys anymore. 

Look at ticket prices on stub hub.  I’ve mentioned this before, but to see a game there it used to be $100++ for Standing Room Only even against a non-original 6 team.  Now you can get those tickets for $38, and a seat for $75. 

This is a city that treat’s their sports teams with a “What have you done for me lately” attitude.  No one cares about the Bears right now.  No one cares about the Sox.  No one cares about the Bulls.  And in another year, the enthusiasm from the ‘16 Cubs team will have died down to normalcy unless they can get back into the playoffs (doubtful).

Posted by TreKronor on 02/13/18 at 02:13 PM ET

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They won 3 cups in the last 8 seasons? If they won nothing and collapsed now, then it will be a different story.

Posted by VPalmer on 02/13/18 at 02:14 PM ET

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But hey, a disgruntled Wings fan in Chicago says that the fanbase is coming apart, despite empirical evidence that it isn’t, so it must be.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/13/18 at 12:13 PM ET

I never said the fanbase in general was coming apart, I said the bandwagon portion is coming apart.  TreKronner pretty much nailed everything; but then again, I guess he’s just another disgruntled Wings’ fan in Chicago.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/13/18 at 02:46 PM ET

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