Hawk Fans Make St. Louis Seem Like Home

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIFebruary 7, 2010

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 03: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a first-period goal against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on February 3, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It's Saturday night and I find myself in St. Louis about to watch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues. As with any fan that goes to an away game, I expected to be the minority.

I was wrong. While the Blues fans did have the majority it wasn't by a lot. There was still plenty of red and white Hawk jerseys all over the arena. When I say plenty I mean at least 40 percent. It was a great showing, proving how much love and hope the Hawk fans have in their team this year.

Three days after St. Louis came into Chicago and took two points, the Hawks came right back and took two points in St. Louis's home arena. It was a beautiful game and a gift to the many Hawk fans that made the ride down to St. Louis. Hawk fans made their presence known, not without making some dedicated Blues fans mad.

As always the game was intense from beginning to end. But Blues fans were silenced early once the Hawks scored twice in the first period. The intensity was amped up by the physicality of the game, yielding to many scruffs after the whistle and three fights.

I can't help but think that the Hawk fan turnout was a serious advantage for the Hawks. The fans literally made it seem like the Hawks were the home team. Chants of LET'S GO HAWKS!! outshined the chants of LET'S GO BLUES. It was something I had never experienced in any of the road games I have been to.

It just goes to prove that fans do make a difference in games.