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Flames hand Blackhawks their fourth loss in a row

Jan 29, 2014, 12:39 AM EDT

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The Calgary Flames rode a TJ Brodie overtime goal to a 5-4 (OT) home win against Chicago on Tuesday, giving the defending champions their fourth loss in a row.

That might not sound like a big deal, but it’s at least unusual; this is their longest losing streak since the ‘Hawks dropped nine in a row back in 2012 (according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus).

Worse yet, this loss combined with the St. Louis Blues’ 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils leaves both teams with 77 points, which means the Central Division is tied at first. (Technically, the Blues have the lead, as they’ve played three fewer games than Chicago.)

Tough times ahead … at least until March

Now, it’s not time for the Blackhawks to panic, but this streak might get a little uglier before things turn around.

The Blackhawks continue this road run with five more away games, then send a slew of players to Sochi for the Olympics. After that, they open the post-Olympic break with a game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

In all, they’ll wait more than a month between home games (Jan. 26 to March 1), though the Olympics obviously skew that.

In other words, you might want to expect a few “What’s wrong with the Blackhawks?” articles … at least until they play a ton of home games in March.

  1. slysipops - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    as the guy in the beer commercial says……………. here we go again ……………!! still too many giveaways and all the dipsy -doodle skating in circles ain’t winning games. better take good care of that CUP HAWKS, if things keep up like this there will be new owners, and they might not like any scratches on it

    • blomfeld - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      Slysipops and other fellow Hawk fans …

      ‘Stand down’ friends from your trepidations, as we Kings are going through the same ‘mid-season’ crap … last night we Kings liquidated the Goldfish, yet tonight we succumbed to the NHL’s version of Bear Sterns Incorporated … however like life itself, the NHL season is full of twists and turns and at the end of it all and as God is my witness, it will be you Hawks and us Kings left facing off ‘up there’ on the high ground this coming spring … God speed friends :)

      • bsaures - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:18 AM

        Brown will not be facing off on the high ground he will cheapshot someone then run down the hill like the coward that he is

      • slysipops - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        thanks for the entertainment bloms ! …………. i have been looking away a lot lately ! isn’t it amazing how many grammer and spelling and history teachers are on this …A SPORTS SITE ? i really wonder how i survived so long on earth without all the help from what appears to be all of the TRENDIES !!! thank you all BOYS ……………. do enjoy your chips and dips and cheeses and ipods !

    • jhaegs - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:01 AM

      It’s “Here we go”… 😕

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        How have they not mashed the two up?

      • slysipops - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        thanks so much ………i can now sleep tonight ! you are a blessing ! you must make mom and dad proud !

      • slysipops - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        in appreciation…..these aren’t actually ….HERE WE GO …adds, but i thought they might bring back fond memories ? ………………

      • jhaegs - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        No problem. Being from STL, how could I not correct you? Not to mention, “Here we go” and “Here we go again” have very different meanings. You fail, sir…

  2. wishingtonredslur - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    You forgot to write about the Flames, you know, winning. You could have at least provided a “gritty this and that” paragraph and then closed it with a “their first 3 game winning streak since” deal.

  3. comeonnowguys - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Yep. This is what a slump looks like. The same bounces, passes and calls that go your way when you’re winning go the other way in a time like this.

    Oh right, this is another ‘Hawk fan not giving any credit to the other team after they lose. Had to fill the quota, right?

    • blues1988 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      yep, you sound just like coach q.

      • jhaegs - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        And J Toes…

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Look at all the Blues fans getting saucy. And with good reason, I mean look at all of their regular-season success. Impressive.

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