Every team in the National Hockey League will get pasted once or twice a season.
Maybe it’s because of injuries, travel, scheduling, a red-hot opponent, bad bounces, awful calls or combination of all of the above, every club in the league will take it in the teeth during an 82-game season.
Watching the Blackhawks get blitzed by Edmonton 9-2 was alarming, though. Down 5-1 after one period, there was no response. The Blackhawks recorded two hits in the middle frame and gave the Oilers five power-play chances (on which they scored four times). In the third period, no one seemed bothered that Taylor Hall was gunning for his fourth goal of the night.
That leads to a bigger question. Do the last two nights in Calgary and Edmonton, shake the belief you had in the team after a convincing 5-1 win in Vancouver to start the circus trip?