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Chicago Blackhawks Early Season Review – A View from the Fans

By JoHannah Lowder

Oct 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with center Jonathan Toews (19), defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and center Patrick Sharp (10) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Although six games is hardly enough to make definitive judgments about teams, it’s still enough time for fans to react like we’re completely invested in the game. Sure, if we take a step back, we’ll realize that it’s still early in the season, so highs need to be maintained and lows are no reason to panic. But in the moment, we can’t help how we feel. Here’s just a few examples of what Chicago Blackhawks fans have experienced so far.

Raising the Banner at the start of the season is a special time for the Stanley Cup Champions and their fans. We know that the players try not to let the emotions take over so they can focus on the game. The fans, however, are free to be emotional as long as we want.

Next to the Banner Raising Ceremony, Blackhawks fans were anxious for their team to score the first goal in the game and the season. Not many of us would have guessed it would be Brandon Bollig opening the scoring for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks had one of the League’s best penalty kills last season. Fans were hoping it would pick up where it left off – or at least be somewhere close. It looks like it may take some time for the Blackhawks to get it back into shape.

Taking a 2-0 lead into the third period would mean good things for the 2012-2013 Blackhawks. So it was a little bit startling when the Tampa Bay Lightning were able to score two quick goals and eventually win in the shootout.

In a game against a long-time division rival, points mean everything. When it’s a hard-fought game, the end matters even more. So when the Blues scored the game-winner with 22 seconds left in regulation from a 3 on 1 break, Blackhawks fans were slightly disappointed to say the least.

By this time, Blackhawks fans were tired of the late period goals and giving up leads. Some of us thought that it would be a bad habit for the rest of the season while others thought it was only a phase. Enter the New York Islanders who trailed 2-0 but tied it up in the final minute of the first period.

Losing that game would have been deflating. Instead, the Blackhawks took the lead on a goal from Michal Handzus and preserved it to the end of the game. We were all a little relieved.

The Buffalo Sabers – another 2-0 lead, another 1-goal game going down to the last second. But a power play goal from Patrick Kane, another preservation of the lead, and coming out of the weekend with 4 points left us feeling pretty happy.

What was your favorite moment from the first 6 Blackhawks games?

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