It seems like it’s an annual rite of passage for the Blackhawks to jump out to a huge lead early and then cough up a giant hairball at least once a year to an Eastern Conference team. Last year, you may recall this Sunday matinee nightmare against the Bruins. The Hawks almost lost a six goal lead in that one, giving up four straight goals to a listless Boston team. The end result was basically the same. Kane, Panarin and Anisimov combined for 11 points in both games. The only real difference was an empty net goal.
So they got this out of their system early this year. On to other things.