MORE GAME 3 NEWS
|1||Wed., May 15||United Center||(W) 4-1|
|2||Sat., May 18||United Center||(L) 4-1|
|3||Mon., May 20||Joe Louis Arena||(L) 3-1|
|4||Thurs., May 23||Joe Louis Arena||L 1-0|
|5||Sat., May 25||United Center||W 4-1|
|6*||Mon., May 27||Joe Louis Arena||TBD|
|7*||Wed., May 29||United Center||TBD|
|* If necessary | All times Central|
The road: you can’t win in the playoffs if you can’t win there. For the Chicago Blackhawks, the road now beckons as they head to Detroit for Game 3 on Monday night.
And while the Blackhawks aren’t taking comfort in how they played on the road this season, they do want to take that type of game into Joe Louis Arena.
The Blackhawks were a great road team this season, and they’ve been successful the past few seasons on their trips to Detroit. Sure, this is the postseason, where everything is a little different. But the Blackhawks want to –- make that need to –- play the game that brought them so many road victories this season.
To do that, they’ve got to have a much better response than they had on United Center ice on Saturday, when the Red Wings manhandled them en route to a 4-1 victory and a 1-1 Western Conference semifinal series split.
“It’s something you deal with and learn about your team as you go along, how you respond to games like yesterday. You can break down a lot of things technically that could’ve been better, but it gets down to the compete level and going into the hard areas,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “But we’ve felt we’ve been a pretty good road team all year. Losing home ice, (it was) one of those days when they were much better than we were. And it certainly got our attention.”
Now the Blackhawks must adjust accordingly. The Blackhawks have had great results in Detroit, going 7-0-1 there over the past three regular seasons. This, however, isn’t the regular season.
“We’ve played in that building a lot but everything that happened in the past is in the past,” Duncan Keith said. “We’re worried about the big game tomorrow. It’s going to be tough, whether it’s in Joe Louis, the United Center, or wherever. We know it’s going to be tough.”
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The Blackhawks know if they want to keep that record at Joe Louis, they need a much stronger effort in Game 3. They have to take advantage of the ice, which players said is fast and suits their game. The rest of their game will have to follow.
“We have to compete, work hard and prepare in all aspects,” Andrew Shaw said. “(Going on the road) just shows we have to stick together, compete for each other and we’ll be fine. We have to ramp up our intensity in Game 3.”
The Red Wings stole a game, and momentum, in Chicago on Saturday afternoon. The Blackhawks are going into a building that’s been very friendly to them over the years. But the challenge awaiting them is anything but cushy.
“Every series is challenging, every game is tough,” Quenneville said. “Whether it’s a big hit, big save, big goal or big (penalty kill)… it’s always going to be close and a situation, one way or another, could be a turning point. You want momentum off those situations, and you want to run with it if you get it.”