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Blackhawks’ win against Colorado keeps ratings run going

Mar 7, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks is congratulated by teammate Marcus Kruger #16 after Kane scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the third period at HP Pavilion on February 5, 2013 in San Jose, California. The Blackhawks won the game 5-3.
(February 4, 2013 - Source: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks’ historic point streak is drawing fantastic ratings on just about every network it touches.

After Sunday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings drew record ratings for NBC, Wednesday’s come-from-behind win versus the Colorado Avalanche generated big numbers as well.

With an average of 720,000 viewers, it ranked ninth all-time in NBC Sports Network history. It was especially huge in Chicago, where the 7.0 local rating set a record for NBC SN in that market. It also made NBC SN the No. 1 rated cable network overall in Chicago during that time.

You might be sensing a pattern with this team, as their Tuesday victory against the Minnesota Wild was the highest-rated Blackhawks game ever covered on CSN Chicago.

  1. ken49ers - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Anyone think this “streak” is more than just a coincidence? Funny how it follows the second lockout in less than a decade.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Although I fail utterly to see any reason for your conspiracy theory to deserve any traction, I went ahead and gave you a thumbs-up so you wouldn’t be shut out.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        Oh manchester, you can mock people of great wisdom such as ken, but I just watched a replay of the last Hawks game and could very clearly see a second Patrick Kane on the Grassy Knoll, so ken is definitely on to something. And he should know too, because his grandmother was in charge of faking our moon landings. Pardon me now as I must adjust my foil hat and take my meds.

  2. Stiller43 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    That is possibly the stupidest comment ive ever read here.

    And with the soup canarmy guy, and the eigglesnosuperbowls guy here, thats sayin somethin.

    • hawkeytown - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      GREAT POINT!! And don’t forget the CountryBear clown, either…

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      couldn’t agree more. One other commenter to add to the mix, jimw81.

  3. ken49ers - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Says the 4 hawks fans. Everyone outside of your town smells conspiracy to drum up ratings. It’s laughable.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Nothing says Chicago Blackhawk fan like the username “Stiller43.”

      In all seriousness, I own a factory that produces tinfoil hats. Here’s my card; I have a feeling you’d be interested in our products.

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      If the NHL were to attempt to “fix” a winning streak, there are other teams they would prefer over Chicago: Pittsburgh, Philly, and NYR to name a few. The NHL is not like the NBA (Stern’s frozen envelope, NO Hornets get 1st pick in 2012 draft) so I am certain this streak is legit.

  4. mountainmantride - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Hockey fans, aren’t they cute…the darlings of stupidity.

  5. rgledz - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    So you’re saying that all of the teams that the Hawks have played are just letting them win for the good of the league………I can’t even quantify how insanely idiotic your comment is.

  6. Stiller43 - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:14 AM


    Lol im a Steelers (favorite player is Troy Pola, if you didnt know from the obvious screen name ive had for about 8 years…stiller43…get it?!), Penguins, and (regretably) a Pirates fan. Raised in northern VA (suburbs of DC), but my whole familys from PA. I have no ties to chicago, and no positive or negative feelings towards the hawks (although i dislike hossa).

    If you think the league can make bounces of a non-sphrical object fall one way or the other, take certain bounces off the boards, make teams see the value in losing every game against one particular team, make every player on every team know about the conspiracy (they would have to be willing participants, after all) without saying anything to anybody, etc., that is just plain stupid.

    The only credence your theory could have is if the refs called back like 1-2 goals a game and gave chicago a great number of penalty shots that may be necessary to make the blackhawks win.

  7. ken49ers - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    All sports are rigged. It’s a business. Remember that.

  8. ken49ers - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    The NHL has been around for almost what, 100 years? You’re going to tell me that this Chicago team is suddenly having a streak that not even the dominate Montreal teams or Detroit or even the Islanders in their hay day couldn’t achieve? And it’s following yet another lockout where the ratings have been in the toilet the last decade? You honestly wouldn’t put it past the league to drum up a Vince McMahon conspiracy to get fans back and get talked about daily on the 4 letter network? It just seems awful fishy. Go ahead and enjoy I guess.

    • chicagobtech - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Ok then. You’ve made the statement, now back it up with something concrete. Let’s see your proof that the NHL is fixing games so the Blackhawks win.

  9. Plumber 65 - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I watched their game the other night against the avs and yes the the no calls gave the hawks the game. If you watched the game you know what I’m talking about. It’s about ratings/ money and the zeeeeebs are trained swallow their whistles

  10. Plumber 65 - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    By the way. This is a great thing for the hawk fans who stuck by them when times were lean. You know who you are……. Now it time to loose tonight cuz the avs are going to make history tonight and knock ya off ya perch.

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