CHICAGO (AP) -The Blackhawks have enjoyed living out of a suitcase. What a road trip they had, finishing off Vancouver in the second round and then beating San Jose twice on the Sharks' home ice for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Can they duplicate their stellar play on their home ice, where they are just 3-3 in the postseason, compared to 7-1 on the road? Game 3 is Friday night at the United Center.
The Blackhawks have attributed their success away from home to bonding, hanging out together off the ice, playing video games and then taking a simplified approach once they hit the rink.
Expect the Sharks to come out with a fury Friday night, hoping to combat the Blackhawks' speed while trying to make the raucous crowd at the United Center - which stars cheering throughout the National Anthem - sit down and stay quiet.