There was nothing good about Antti Niemi's very brief Thursday-night return to the United Center.
The former Blackhawks goalie and 2010 Stanley Cup champion was back in town with his new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and things did not go well.
First, he apparently forgot the layout of his old home arena, somewhat comically tripping heading out of the locker room and onto the ice.
Then the game started and the Blackhawks pelted their former goaltender with scores.
The rude welcome back stacked up like this: four goals before the 10-minute mark of the first period. The first three of them were scored within 73 seconds of each other, and all four were scored in a two-minute, 55-second span.
Then Niemi got the hook with his team down 4-0.
It was an awesome start to the campaign for the Blackhawks. Not so much for the guy who helped them to that 2010 Stanley Cup.
Eddie Olczyk joins Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Jamal Mayers to discuss what went wrong for the Blackhawks this season, and what changes could happen this summer to get the team back into the postseason.
Listen to the entire HawksTalk Podcast here:
Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free!
The beloved Blackhawks broadcaster provided an update on his health after a battle with cancer and had the best news possible.
His scan scheduled for early-April was moved up and the results brought good news:
"I'm proud to stand here before everybody and you [Pat Foley] — my partner and my friend — that all the cancer is gone," Olyczyk said. "We beat this thing, and I say 'we' because it has been a team effort. Not only from the great doctors, but from this organization, from Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Coach Q, hockey operations, these great trainers, our broadcasters, you partner for all the texts and visits daily, the National Hockey League, all my friends and my family: my brothers Ricky and Randy, my mom and dad, and of course, my four kids — Eddie, Tommy, Zandra and Nicky and my beautiful wife Diana. If it wasn't for them, there's no way I could've gotten through this.
"So I believe we all beat this and I'm so thankful for all the support and prayers. They worked. I'm proud to stand here before everybody and let them know that we beat this thing. I've had enough crying to last me a lifetime, partner, and I'm just so excited that I got that call on March 14th at 5:07 p.m. letting me know that my scans were clear. I've never heard a better phrase in my life.
"I'm now 10 days on with the rest of my life and that's the way I'm looking at it."