SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There's been a downside to the Chicago Blackhawks' record-tying playoff road steak.
"We are getting pretty desperate with the in-room movies," Blackhawks defenseman Brain Campbell joked. "There's some pretty bad movies that people are watching. When we had to watch them earlier in the trip, they were unacceptable. Now, it's the norm. There's no shying away from watching a chick flick now. I know a couple guys who have watched Valentine's Day."
Maybe Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville will toss the Lifetime Movie Network on before the Western Conference Finals resume on Friday. The Blackhawks have won seven in a row -- including the first two against the San Jose Sharks in this series -- away from the United Center, joining four other teams for the longest road win streak in the playoffs.
"We'll do everything we can," Quennville said before the team boarded a plane Wednesday bound for Chicago, a place he and his team hasn't seen in 10 days. "You know, it's tough to put your finger right on it, exactly what the difference is."
The last team to win seven consecutive games on the road -- the 1998-99 Colorado Avalanche -- was also the only team on that list that didn't go on to win the Stanley Cup.
"I think sometimes you get on the road, it's just a simpler attitude," Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. "We've had a lot of fun bonding in the hotel and different things. Sometimes [when] you do that, it's almost like you're clicking before you're even on the ice."
The Blackhawks haven't just won on the road, they've usually won decisively. Chicago's average margin of victory during the streak is 2.57 and the only one-goal game came in Sunday's series-opening 2-1 victory in San Jose.
"We feel that we've kind of slowly taken over these games eventually in the third period," Blackhawks center and captain Jonathan Toews said. "It's the right way to play on the road, but we want to keep that simple mentality when we go home. We'll be excited to play, but it doesn't mean we have to go out there and get flashy and make the big plays in front of our own fans."
Overall in the playoffs, the Blackhawks are 3-3 at home. Chicago had one of the league's top home records (29-8-4) during the regular season.
"We've had success at home for years now," forward Patrick Sharp said. "Our record speaks for itself. There's no reason we can't go back home and have to play different. You have to play with confidence, play hard and used [the home crowd] to our advantage. As loud as it is [in San Jose], I'd like to think that we have the loudest building when things are going well."