The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Detroit Red Wings last night 6-3 at home having their record go to 0-5-1 on the season.
With that game, the Chicago Blackhawks sell-out streak came to an end at 535 games of course it had to come against Detroit! The last time the Blackhawks did not have a sold-out crowd, Detroit was one of the top teams in the league, and Chicago was on the rise as one of the top teams in the league.
While I do understand the sell-out streak coming to an end, I think rather than view the negative side of it being over, I think it is important to remember just how great an era of Hawks hockey that was. This team won multiple championships and had some future hall of famers on the ice, guys like Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Patrick Kane all were on the ice during this era.
The second-most winningest coach of all time in Joel Quenneville was behind the bench, and one of the team’s best goalies in franchise history in Corey Crawford was in the net. Yes, the Blackhawks sell-out streak ending is a bummer for the organization, but these fans brought the roar for a lot longer than they should have after losing Joel Quenneville and trading away Artemi Panarin for reasons that will remain questionable forever.
Here is the official statement from the Blackhawks on the sell-out streak coming to an end from Mark Lazerus on Twitter:
The same day the sell-out streak ended, history was made. History in the form of the longest period of time to start the season without holding a lead let alone winning a game. The team has gone 360:57 minutes of game time without holding a lead, and that number is definitely going to increase next game.
The horrible start to the season definitely warrants fans looking for a change. However for now everyone on staff remains, but don’t worry today the team had a hard time at practice with some extra sprints to try and shake things off and get things going in the right direction. What remains to be seen is whether or not the team can shake this off. Personally, I think getting that first win of the season is going to be rather challenging, especially during the month of October.
The season continues with the Maple Leafs at home on Wednesday. If you are looking to go to a game this year, tickets definitely easier to find than normal.
"Blackhawks: The Seth Jones Trade Cannot Be Judged Just Yet"