Minnesota cools off sluggish Blackhawks’ hot start
Patrick Kane laughed earlier this week when a Toronto reporter asked him if the “Blackhawks Revenge Tour” narrative had any merit — in other words, if the Hawks were unusually fired up this season after two straight first-round exits, and after being largely written off as true contenders by much of the hockey world.
“I don’t think anyone’s thinking about that too much in here,” Kane said.
Well, these Hawks might not be motivated by perceived slights or residual anger, but they’re motivated nonetheless. Several players have alluded to a positive energy, a better vibe, among the players than existed in the past few seasons, even the emotionally tumultuous but ultimately triumphant 2014-15 campaign. It’s helped propel the Hawks to a hot start, taking seven of eight points to open a brutal four-game stretch.
They’re scoring. They’re buzzing. They seem to be having fun again.
“I don’t know what it is about us so far, but it seems like this group is a little bit tighter than maybe the groups we’ve had in the past,” Kane said.
That energy level was a bit lower in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Hawks’ third game in their third city in …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports