Fans optimistic despite 'Hawks loss

April 14, 2011 9:36:46 AM PDT
The NHL playoffs have begun with the eighth-seeded, defending Stanley Cup champ Blackhawks dropping Game 1 in Vancouver.

Despite taking a flurry of shots, the 'Hawks couldn't get it past the Canucks' goalie. Vancouver went on to win 2-0.

"It's painful, but if you're a true, die-hard 'Hawks fan like I am, you know you went through a lot of seasons where they were always last," said Lisa Faro, who has a Stanley Cup tattoo on her ankle. "They never made the playoffs, so I guess I look at it as, you can't win 'em all. You need to have time to get better and just keep getting better."

Vancouver seems set on ending the 'Hawks season as early as possible. But the series isn't over yet. A lot of the fans Wednesday night said they were still optimistic, but that loss was pretty painful.

"That's pretty anticlimactic. They had no offense. It was brutal to watch. No matter what happens, the 'Hawks have my back, and it doesn't matter if they win or lose," said one fan.

"I think they just need to get their heads together and get back in the game. I feel like they just don't have it together in general," said another fan.

Game 2 is going to be played Friday night in Vancouver, and then Game 3 is at home Sunday.