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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley unleashed an epic rant against the late start of NHL playoff games Thursday as midnight approached and the Hawks and St. Louis Blues were still on the ice.

"I can say with certainty, players can not stand these late starts, coaches cannot stand them, and most importantly the fans can't stand them. So as we approach midnight eastern AGAIN on a work night, a school night, a simple question: a 8:42 puck drop serves who?" Foley said.

Not all fans heard the whole rant, as NBCSN went to commercial in the middle of it. NHL commissioner Gerry Bettman dismissed the comments, telling the Tribune hockey clubs agree the late starts are necessary.

Games are staggered during the playoffs, and this can lead to many games starting at 8:42 p.m. local time.

The Hawks-Blues game eventually went into double overtime, and didn't finish until well after midnight.