The durability of the
Go for it, the Blackhawks effectively said on the morning of Game 3.
Following Tuesday’s 3-2 triple-overtime victory in Anaheim, Chicago center
"In any type of seven-game series, both teams are going to get worn down, whether you're throwing checks or getting hit. It's a physical game. It's going to get tiring. But that's what makes for a good series. We know they're going to keep coming at us with everything they've got."
The Ducks out-hit Chicago, 71-45, in Game 2, and forced four Blackhawks defensemen to play more than 46 minutes.
"They're a consistent team, they're going to play the same way," Shaw said after getting off a team-high seven shots and scoring a first-period goal last game. "We're prepared for that and have to battle back. … We played a full 120 in that second game."
And won, when
Thursday night, the Blackhawks get home-ice advantage to provide some extra adrenaline after the team kept its fans awake until 1 a.m. Central time with Game 2.
“People probably had a long day at work and are looking forward to tonight’s game. It’s a special place,” Chicago Coach
Quenneville was noncommittal about any lineup changes, saying only that he'll create his lineups to give the Blackhawks the best chance to "win that game."
The coach is aware of the attention being paid to his players' heavy minutes -- defenseman Duncan Keith played a game-high 49:51.
"It's another part of the experience. The process sometimes gets challenging, but …. Our focus is trying to get through, trying to win that game," Quenneville said. "We've got guys out there in the right situations."
ORANGE IS NOW BLACK: Former Ducks minor leaguer Kyle Cumiskey played more than 18 minutes for the Blackhawks in his postseason debut in Game 2.
"I liked his game," Quenneville said. "He's got another layer with the puck. Offensively, with his speed and quickness, he can get involved a little more with moving up the ice. Defensively, he's fine. Broke up some plays, made a lot of nice direct plays, as well. Good start."
Cumiskey, who previously played for minor-league Syracuse with Ducks