CHICAGO - The Blackhawks always play better angry.
At least, that's what their coach thinks.
Andrew Shaw also tends to agree.
"Leaving last night's game leaves a bitter taste in your mouth and kind of pisses you off. You can use that and fuel the fire, as well," explained Shaw.
Easy to see why they might be a little perturbed when you consider all of the chances that were squandered in Game 3.
In the second period alone, the Hawks outshot the Blues 24-13 nearly lighting the lamp multiple times - most notably when Andrew Ladd's point blank blast ricocheted off both posts before rimming out.
Fortunately, history is on the Blackhawks side as they head into the next frame.
Since 2010, the Hawks have won 75% of the time in Playoff Games 4 through 7.
"We've been in this situation before and we'll treat this the way we have to treat it - like it could be the last series," noted Duncan Keith. "It's the biggest game of the year and we have to play our best."
Both Keith and Coach Joel Quenneville feel their 'best' is yet to come.
"We still feel we have another level to get to that greatness or to be as good as we can be," remarked Quenneville. "We feel we have to capture that feeling knowing our guys find different ways to be the best they can, whether they bring it out of the other guys - new guys, but they always seem to find something and I think that's fortunate."