Hawks are running out of time

By the time word of the Blackhawks’ practice travelled from Edmonton back to Chicago earlier this week, a tough, 45-minute workout had turned into a backbreaking puke-a-thon with the players still standing at the end having to crawl off the ice afterward in shame.

Maybe that’s what some Hawks’ fans wanted to hear as their defending Stanley Cup champions were sinking further and further into that black hole also known as the NHL non-playoff hinterlands. But in truth, said Hawks’ coach Joel Quenneville and others who were actually there, like ESPNChicago.com’s Jesse Rogers, there are skates that are much worse and in truth, it was simply a hard practice after a couple losses.

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