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Hawks have Chicago’s attention – can they finish what they’ve started?

Mar 11, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 10: Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates during player introductions before a game against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on March 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

After their second straight regulation loss, the Chicago Blackhawks admitted that the condensed schedule might finally be catching up to them.

“We’ve had a lot of games in the past 11 days,” Patrick Kane said in an ESPN report. “I think it’s seven games. So maybe there’s a little excuse there.”

He’s right, and that stretch included three one-game road trips.

In the grand scheme of things, a two-game losing streak is hardly a big deal, especially given the cushion the Blackhawks have given themselves. And yet, by the same token everything the Blackhawks do has been magnified by their success.

It wasn’t that many years ago that the Blackhawks were, as broadcaster Pat Foley put it in a NBC Sports report, “irrelevant,” but that’s changed.

Since Jonathan Toews was drafted in 2006 and Kane in 2007, a chain reaction has started that’s led to 203 consecutive sold out contests, incredible television ratings, and – oh yeah – the Stanley Cup in 2010, their first since the 1960s.

Their historic 24-game points streak is the latest in a running list of accomplishments that’s reconnected the Blackhawks to their city.

Expectations are high in Chicago this season and the playoffs aren’t far off either.

The Blackhawks are starting a stretch of off-days and will enjoy a similar stretch from March 21-24. That will give them a chance to rest up and prepare for the monumental task of finishing what they’ve started.

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  1. buckyblackhawk - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Everyone knew the streak was going to end, they had a 1 period let down in the game following the streak. I was quite pleased to see the effort they gave in the 2nd and 3rd. They could have just packed in after the 1st.

  2. r8rbhawk - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Time to push the panic button.

    -bandwagoners

  3. in1chuck1we1trust - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    crawks

    If you win 20+ straight, but lose back to back to 2 of the worst, you my friend are a fraud.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Do you get paid by the “crawks?”

  4. in1chuck1we1trust - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Used to be streaking, now they’re skid marking

  5. comeonnowguys - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Doesn’t hurt that the Bulls have turned into a hot mess once it was clear Rose was going to be back later rather than sooner. Person most sorry to see the streak end? Bulls PG Derrick Rose.

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