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Chicago Blackhawks:There Are No Devastating Losses in November.

By Sean Fitzgerald

Nov 4, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (not pictured) scores a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the overtime period at the United Center. St. Louis won 6-5 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks became the first team in the NHL to score five goals in any period this season.  It was a magical first period. It featured goals from Patrick Kane, Teuvo Teravainen, Marko Dano, Andrew Shaw, and Brent Seabrook. The Blackhawks were flying high after the first period.

After the first period, the fall of the Blackhawks started as the Blues started to chip away the lead. The Blues would eventually the time game at 19:26 gone by in the second period. The third period would be filled with chances on both sides but no goals. Vladimir Tarasenko completed the comeback with an overtime winner. The Blues rebounded from 5-2 deficit in the first period to win 6-5 in OT.

Some will say that Blackhawks choked, other will say the Blues stole the game. Regardless the Blues won the game, with the historic comeback with the Blues earning TWO points. That’s right despite the comeback, the Blues still only earned two points. While the Blackhawks earned one point despite losing in overtime.

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Now twitter was a buzz with gloom and doom tweets.

Some Blackhawks fan were calling the loss devastating. Devastating is the wrong choice of words; there are no devastating losses in November. The Blackhawks have played 13 games this season with a record of 7-5-1.  Was the loss to the Blues, their  first loss in seven home games a tough one to swallow? Yes. Was their first overtime loss of the season devastating, the answer is no. The Blackhawks still have 69 more regular season games to decide their fate this season.

The loss to the Blues did yield some positives, both Tanner Kero and Dano showed some flashes on offense and the Blackhawks got scoring from multiple players. Now the weight of the loss to the  Blues from a fan perspective is tragic, while the loss from a realistic standpoint is nothing more than a blip on the radar in a long season.

Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun times sums up last night’s loss the best:

It is going to be a long season.