If you thought it couldn’t get worse (stupid, me!), you were wrong.
Unfortunately, tonight, there was no home cooking for the Blackhawks, who were beat handily by the winless Islanders in front of a United Center crowd that was very vocal about their displeasure with the rough start.
How it started:
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) October 20, 2021
How it ended:
The Blackhawks have now trailed for 185 minutes this season and led for 0 seconds.
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) October 20, 2021
Jeremy Colliton was booed intensely by the home faithful in attendance at the United Center for the home opener, and for at least one period, the Blackhawks looked like it might have lit a fire under their rear-ends. But it was short-lived, and we saw more of the same from Chicago as they dropped to 0-3-1 on the season.
Midway through the third period, the fans were making their way to the exits, and the ones that stuck around were booing Colliton and the Blackhawks, understandably so. Trailing by just one entering the final period, the Blackhawks had an opportunity to win this game, but the defense faltered late … again … and New York eventually ran the score up with three goals.
There was just zero urgency from this team in the third period tonight. The Blackhawks looked dead, and they played like it. MacKenzie Entwistle spoiled Ilya Sorokin’s shutout bid with a garbage-time goal, but Sorokin was awesome tonight, stopping 39 of 40 shots on goal.
Ugh, this isn’t good.