In Game 3, Blackhawks hope momentum from their triple-overtime win spills over

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(CHICAGO) -- In the Chicago Blackhawks locker room, there is a sense of: haven't we done this before?

The Blackhawks are coming off their third triple-overtime win in the last three postseasons--and second in the last month--entering Game 3 back on the United Center ice with their Western Conference Finals series tied 1-1 with Anaheim.

"You got to get the right thing into you, some fluids, the right food," said Hawks center Andrew Shaw about bouncing back for Game 3. "The big thing is rest. Get some sleep and get prepared for the next one."

The Blackhawks triple-overtime win against Nashville in Game 4 of the opening round of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs proved a turning point in the series, as the Hawks took a 3-1 series lead. Chicago dropped the next game, however, back in Nashville before finishing the Predators in Game 6.

"I think it can help with the momentum, but again it's a new game," said Hawks forward Andrew Dejardins. "We have to prepare the same way we did for the last game. I think you can ride [the momentum] a  little bit, but again you just have to concentrate on this game tonight."

Because the Blackhawks finished their second round series with two wins in Minnesota, followed by a lengthy layoff and two games in Anaheim to open the WCF, Chicago has not played at home since May 3--a span of 18 days. The players and coaches expect a rowdy United Center crowd for Game 3.

"The enthusiasm we are going to have in the building, right from the anthem here, it's a great place to play," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. "The enthusiasm in the city gets a little more intense as we go along. I think everybody had a long day at work yesterday and are looking forward to today's game."

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