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Blackhawks hope to stop recent troubles before they ‘snowball’ into playoffs

Mar 29, 2014, 12:37 AM EDT

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What is going on with the Chicago Blackhawks?

The defending Stanley Cup champions have lost three of their last four games and that includes being shut out on two of those occasions. On Friday, they fell behind the Ottawa Senators and couldn’t catch up, losing by a final score of 5-3. Forward Andrew Shaw, perhaps venting some of that recent frustration, was ejected for spearing Senators’ forward Zack Smith with less than six minutes remaining in the third period.

Making the playoffs isn’t an issue for the Blackhawks, although they have yet to officially clinch a post-season berth. Sitting at 99 points, and with seven games remaining, it is very, very likely going to happen. Now eight points back of the St. Louis Blues, the Central Division might be too far out of reach.

But still, it will be a team expected to make another run for a Stanley Cup once the playoffs get going. However, these recent struggles could be enough to cast doubt on that notion.

“It’s not one or two guys, it’s throughout our whole lineup. Everybody seems to a part of the bad habits that are running contagiously through our lineup,” said Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews, as per ESPN Chicago.

“We’ll address and get better at it and not let it snowball on us.”


  1. jhaegs - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Hammerhead and comeonnowguys, if you need to talk, I’m here. I know you two look up to me, and can’t live without my words of wisdom, so I’m not going to abandon you again.

    • blomfeld - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      Comrade Jhaegs … though you and I support different teams, I do enjoy our exchanges and I applaud your ‘De Niro’ styled calling out of these people !

      Go Jhaegs !!! :)

      • jhaegs - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:00 AM

        You’re growing on me blom… like a hemorrhoid. 😉

    • hammerhead5573 - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:02 AM

      Awww, how cute you know how to cut and paste. Good girl. Trust me when looking for words of wisdom, the last place I will look is on PHT from someone named jaegs who all of a sudden has a love interest in Bloomfield. Enjoy your honeymoon ladies. I always thought you looked good together.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      I’ll take “Completely missing the point for $2,000 Alex.” But hey, you’re a Blues fan–how much critical thinking can we really expect?

  2. sumkat - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    The thing about problems in the playoffs is, they may not get a chance to “snowball”. If they aren’t fixed right away, you are shaking hands and congratulating the other guys.

    Looks like the west is going to have some really good first round matchups in both of the 2/3 pairings. Anahiem/LA and Chicago/Colorado should both be fun to watch

    • blomfeld - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      Chicago “may not get a chance to snowball” ?

      yeah ? … and guess what pal, the earth ain’t flat either !

  3. blomfeld - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Question: What is going on with the Chicago Blackhawks?

    Answer: “these rustics are so inept … it almost takes the honor out of victory”


    *** this message is for fans of the ‘glorious’ SC Champion LA Kings only ***

    Another night and another night of losses by these so-called WC powerhouses like Chicago and Anaheim … and like we were ever worried eh ? The bottom line friends is that as the hour of ‘true’ battle now fast approaches, these pretenders and wannabes are starting to fall by the wayside faster than a bunch of rats fleeing from a sinking ship ! As you know, in previous testimony here at PHT going back as far as last September, I ‘personally’ proclaimed that we Kings would be returning to the ‘high ground’ come this spring to reclaim that which is ours. Yes sir ! And now as God is my witness, that is ‘exactly’ what is coming to be ! Of course we don’t know yet who it is that we’ll be facing ‘up there’ where heroes are made and legends are born. However that’s completely immaterial, as ‘ours’ is an enterprise driven not only by superior skill, conviction and aplomb, but more importantly, by supreme righteousness and divine providence !

    “a King’s army is on the way which will neither ‘accept or grant’ any quarter” …

    GO KINGS GO !!!! … AND ‘MAKE READY’ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

    • blomfeld - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      video provided c/o Blomfeld & Wo Fat Entertainment Systems Inc.

    • jhaegs - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      Do a little drinking on this Friday night, blom? 👍

    • enzod91 - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      pretenders that have won 2 cups in the last 4 seasons…get real buddy

    • slysipops - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      i still don’t see one of those little x’s behind the KINGS name in the standings that represents…..CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTH ……………?????? remember this BLOMS…… about memory foam matresses……there are certain things matresses should forget !

  4. killerpgh - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Should be an interesting game on Sunday night between the Penguins and the Blackhawks. 2 “contenders” trying to get it figured out with little time before the playoff starts.

  5. tfilarski - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    definitely feeling the effects of no 88. I am still not worried about this squad, they have been through the grinder, they know what they are doing.

    • slysipops - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      88 has made his share of mistakes too

  6. sprtsfan1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I love seeing the envy of rivals. They quash their teams had half the history and success of the Blackhawks. Pretenders are the teams that do well in the regular season and fall flat in the playoffs. Sound familiar Blues, Sharks, Ducks. I won’t mention the Kings being that they’ve won a cup recently, but last years WCF was a joke.

    • sprtsfan1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      *They wish, not quash

  7. chanceoffleury - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Hey Blackhawks, if you find the cure could you do a Pens fan a favor and make sure to send it eastward once you’re done with it? Promise the Pens will do the same if they find it first…..

  8. comeonnowguys - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    These are the Blackhawks from February–biding their time and waiting for the playoffs. If that sounds like an excuse, it’s not. I don’t like it, and assuming they can just turn it on come playoff time is a dangerous thing.

  9. slysipops - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    this situation should have been addressed by the COACHING STAFF ( not TOEWS) when the season first resumed after the olympics. the body language and dumb ,lazy mistakes by most of the players was quite obvious ! i assume that is a thing the coaches are there for ? ignoring a problem is never a good fix. if you’ve ever lived in CHI-TOWN you know that the media has had the HAWKS winning another cup since the end of last SEPTEMBER. has this media -idolization got into the teams heads ? maybe…if so another COACHES DUTY i would guess.the team chemistry just doesn’t seem to exist anymore …..why ? a lot of people blame the injuries to HOSSA, KANE .. etc. etc. while they do a lot of good, they as much as the rest of the team have made mistakes that were game costly. …there were injuries last season and look what happened then ! too many give-a-ways late in tie games this season , especially with lack of …scoring when you need it ! scoring goal # 3..4 or 5 in a game your winning 2-0 don’t mean as much as goal # 3 in a late 2-2 tie game the HAWKS NEED……HOPE and CHANGE !

    • slysipops - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      PS. the snowball has been rolling down hill and getting bigger and bigger since MARCH 1 st. if it don’t get stopped …..start polishing up the golf sticks

  10. slysipops - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    a message to the BLACKHAWKS owner about the coaches…………………

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