The Chicago Blackhawks were blown out on Friday, 6-2, the latest disappointment in a season full of … oh. Hmmm. It seems the Blackhawks had begun this season with an NHL-record streak of points, and that this loss dropped them all the way to 21-1-3. Their winning clip looks like an elite save percentage. In fact, no one had come up with anything but hosannas to throw at Chicago for quite some time now. Read this, this, this, this and this if you want to know what happens when a hockey team becomes a feel-good story. It baffles the masses.
But today, the Blackhawks are, indelibly, indisputably, losers. As the Sun-Times wrote, ruefully, "The circus is closed." And several grateful people had apparently been holding their tongues for too long:
Having an NHL record only to blow it when playing one of the worst teams in the NHL Sounds like Chicago to me #BlackhawksSuck— Eric Hudolin (@ehudolin17) March 9, 2013
Hahaha finally I can say it #Blackhawks you fucking suck! Varlamov is my boy!— Alexandr Alexandrov (@Alexandrov92) March 9, 2013
Blackhawks lost! Now they suck— Jason Phillips (@JayPhilly13) March 9, 2013
HAHAHA THE BLACKHAWKS SUCK— Will Herrington (@WillHerrington1) March 9, 2013
Man do the blackhawks suck— Mike Fowler (@Fowlsupper) March 9, 2013
@skylark79 Sorry about the Blackhawks. I mean, they still suck. But that was really impressive.— Jeff (@txsparty) March 9, 2013
No apologies, Blackhawks haters. No apologies.