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Party’s over for the Blackhawks

Nov 23, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

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On Friday, the Chicago Blackhawks lost 5-2 in Calgary. On Saturday, they lost 9-2 in Edmonton. After that, they partied in Las Vegas.

OK, the timing wasn’t great, but what was Joel Quenneville supposed to do? Cancel Vegas? You don’t cancel Vegas. That’s how mutinies start.

Chicago continues its six-game road trip tonight in San Jose against the red-hot Sharks. Will the Blackhawks be refreshed and ready to go?

‘Hawks forward Patrick Kane has experience balancing an active social life with playing hockey for a living. What does he think?

“We had our fun, and these last few games make you want to play even more,” Kane told “We’ll come out with a pretty good effort (in San Jose), way better than the last two.”

Marian Hossa concurred: “We had that time to rethink, recharge and get our working boots on again.”

You know, I’ve lost a pile of money, eaten prime rib at 5am, and tried to get into the wrong hotel room for 20 minutes in Vegas, but I can’t say I’ve ever “recharged” in that place.

Maybe Hossa went to Napa instead.

  1. sknut - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    If they lay an egg in San Jose the media will have a field day with this.

  2. donttouchthedirtypenny - Nov 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Maybe they lost 9-2 because they couldn’t stop thinking about the Vegas trip after the game.

    • nhlbruins90 - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:22 PM

      Absolutely. It’s one thing to include some relaxing ‘down time’ in a long road trip. It’s another thing to go to Vegas. They may look back in the spring and think this was a very bad idea.

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