CHICAGO, Ill. -- Getting 34 shots on net is an accomplishment for just about any team in any environment. But getting 34 shots on net against the defending Stanley Cup champions on their own ice in a playoff setting is much more than that.
The Blues may not have been able to bury any of those 34 shots by Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford in Game 3, but they know full well if they continue to play the way they've played lately, good things are going to happen.
"Every time we play like we've been playing we get better as a team and as an organization and we get closer and closer (to winning a championship)," head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "(The Blackhawks) know we're not going away easy. If we're not good enough at the end of the day then that's fine. But we're not going away in any game."
Even the penalty kill has been fantastic for the Blues this series. Just days after Hitchcock said that unit was playing awful hockey, it's now stopped 13 of the 14 power play chances the Blackhawks have had this series.
And they believe as they get healthier things are only going to get better.
"This is the level we're going to play at. If we get (David) Backes back in the next two or three games we're going to go even higher. And if that's not good enough then it's not good enough," Hitchcock said.