A packed house at the United Center left the building Thursday night wondering what exactly they paid for.
After 20 minutes of hockey the Blackhawks trailed 1-0 despite out-shooting the Flyers. The two teams put 12 combined shots on net in the first period, seven coming from Chicago.
The second period on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, might be the worst period of hockey played since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane broke into the league.
Including the early years when there was no hope and Marty Havlat was the best thing since sliced bread.
It was that bad.
Claude Giroux scored 59 seconds into the second period. At that point the game was effectively over.
The Blackhawks had two power plays in the final six minutes of the second period while down two goals.
Chicago was officially credited with one shot on net in 20 minutes. At home.
To say the effort was pathetic is giving it too much credit.
The Hawks came out and flung 16 shots on net in the third period and Brandon Saad brought the Hawks within one early in the period but reality slapped Chicago in the face. When the final horn sounded – nearly as loud as the booing from the paying crowd – the Hawks were on the losing end of a 4-1 score.
Making matters worse, the comments from head coach Jeremy Colliton sound like a man who has no answers.
"We faced adversity and I didn't like the way we reacted. That's disappointing."
Coach Colliton on the loss. #CHIvsPHI
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) October 25, 2019
Colliton on 4-1 loss to Philly: “I don’t think anyone’s pleased with that performance, particularly the second period … I thought we wasted the whole second period … teams that consistently have success work and manage the puck. We didn’t do that.” #Blackhawks
— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) October 25, 2019
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) October 25, 2019
Jeremy Colliton on the line combinations, which he brought up essentially unsolicited in an answer about missing Connor Murphy: pic.twitter.com/8Z4Ep1bFDZ
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) October 25, 2019
We’re not going to waste space with pretty shot charts or talk about individual stats or ice time. This was a garbage effort in the season’s eighth game. The Blackhawks are 2-4-2 and are playing like a team that is happily headed toward significant organizational changes in the not-too-distant future.