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Like a man living off a diet of Vicodin and cheese the Blackhawks were overdue for a turd. The first period set the tone and had the Blackhawks searching the lead all evening. It feels like most nights, even during the winning streak, the Hawks get off to a less than spectacular start and manage to climb out of it. Even after tonight’s awful start, they kept finding ways to put themselves back in the game and certainly had numerous opportunities to tie the game.

In the end, they couldn’t convert and finally lost a game in regulation. I had the Avs game on Friday pegged as an inexplicable loss but this is probably more just. The Senators are a pretty good team and even though the first period ended 1-1, the Blackhawks were getting curbstomped at evens. After two Ottawa goals in 10 seconds put them down 3-1, they were never able to get back on level terms.

Hard to get too angry about a loss in late December after five wins in a row. These things happen, especially with the amount of hockey this team has been asked to play over the last month. No NHL team has played as many games as Chicago at the time of this writing. Let’s get to some observations before two well earned days off.