The Blackhawks' third period woes continued Monday night in Calgary. The Blackhawks were tied 1-1 going into the third period.
What looked like the day the Hawks might break the third period curse saw the tides turn, and Hawk fans witnessed a familiar story unfold.
Both teams played a very tightly-knit, but exciting second period. But the Blackhawks had the momentum heading into the third due to a power-play that overlapped.
It was another tease by the returning Stanley Cup champions.
Not only did they fail to convert that power-play, but all three Monday night. That definitely didn't help the cause.
Calgary used their chances wisely, and in the third scored what would be the game-winning goal. 20 times, now, the Hawks have gone into the third period tied or with a one goal lead.
They've only garnered four points out of those games.
Yeah, it's that bad.
But, despite the obvious downers this season, there still is hope.
Coming off of the Super Bowl weekend, you may have noticed that the Hawks had fallen down to the 11th spot in the Western Conference.
I suspect you weren't proud of that fact, but keep in mind, most teams ahead of the Hawks have actually played more games than them, save a few teams in the upper half of the conference.
Are the Blackhawks a playoff team?
With the Western Conference still really tight, a win could catapult a team up 1-3 spots in the standings. Maybe a look at the standings will give the Hawks the wake up call they need.
The Blackhawks are still very early in their road trip, but it's already looking bad. They have an easier match-up at Edmonton Wednesday in a must win for the Hawks. '
Morale and overall team chemistry relies heavily on that game. They need a win.
Which is why I am all for Quenneville keeping Corey Crawford in the net.
Crawford has a 6-3-2 record on the road. It's far better than Turco's record of 5-6-2.
I am very concerned right now of the state of these Blackhawks. Something needs to rejuvenate this team.
If it means a trade, so be it.