Only a week ago the Blackhawks were the greatest team to lace up skates and there was no doubt the Western Conference was theirs for the taking. Now comes a rough weekend of two consecutive losses and the distraction of a record run ended. It’s not simply that they lost, it’s that they lost by giving up 12 goals over the two games. If you’re gonna end something grand, that’s a grand ending. Okay, let’s take a deep breath and settle into a more pedestrian reality.
The Blackhawks goalie situation seems interchangeable with no clear-cut number one on board. Crawford and Emory are both having stellar seasons, but if Emery is the starter then he needs to be told so so he can own it.
The Blackhawks also got some bad news on the injury front. Winger and PK-specialist Patrick Sharp will be out for 3-4 weeks with an upper body injury.
The Blackhawks will be fine. They have a few days off before they head out on a long road trip that should help them reestablish their stride as well as regain a finely-calibrated team chemistry. The few days off will allow them to relax and take satisfaction in a little perspective. Truly an incredible streak. They might even find relief that it’s over because it allows them to focus on the real goal – winning back the Stanley Cup.