Chicago Blackhawks were looked like a legitimate contender to successfully defend their Stanley Cup title.
Blackhawks lost 5-0 to the Los Angeles Kings and have dropped four of five, including three in a row against potential playoff opponents gainst the surging Philadelphia Flyers. After a pair of road losses to St. Louis and Dallas, Chicago yielded a pair of goals in an 18-second span of the first period and never recovered against Los Angeles.
”We’ve had some tough games and I think during this stretch here our penalty killing hasn’t been great. Some nights they could have won us some games with getting the job done and giving up some timely goals that got their team going coach Joel Quenneville said.
It seems like for whatever reason, the season’s been up and down throughout the whole year,’ forward Patrick Kane said. ‘You go on stretches where you win 12 in a row, and we’ve got this little stretch going right now. Obviously we want to shore that up before playoffs, and make sure we’re going in there feeling consistent about our game.’