You hear it all the time, the first game back home following an extended road trip being a tricky one for a variety of reasons.
That's what the Blackhawks were battling Tuesday night against St. Louis in their first game at the United Center after two weeks on the road.
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"A lot of times it's the time change," Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell said. "Sometimes you get back and think maybe you can let up a little not in a hockey sense, but just in an everyday life kind of sense and maybe it's a reason why you're not ready for the next game.
"You really have to stay in road mode for at least this game, and then you can kind of transition to being home for a while after that."
On the road it's all about hockey and hanging with teammates. Back home there are family issues to deal with, bills to pay, ticket requests and a little less time for rest.
"You're back into those things, going from here to there, trying to get things done," Campbell said. "As soon as you walk in your front door you have kind of a sigh of relief that you're back home and you get lazy a bit in some sense."
No shoes to fill:
Rookie Jeremy Morin didn't look at his recall Tuesday as being brought up to replace what the injured Marian Hossa does.
"I'm here to play my game and help where I can," said Morin, who skated on a line with Patrick Sharp and Tomas Kopecky.
Morin made his presence felt early against the Blues when his big hit behind the net created a loose puck and turned into a goal for Kopecky and a 1-0 Hawks lead.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was one of many of the sport's biggest names in Montreal on Monday for Pat Burns' funeral.
The former Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New Jersey coach died last week at 58 after a long and brave bout with cancer.
"Burnsie was a great man," Quenneville said. "As a fellow coach you had a lot of respect for what he brought to his teams and the competitiveness that he had, but he was also good-natured guy and was a lot of fun away from the rink. It's a tough story. He was too young."
Fernando Pisani missed his second game in a row with an upper-body injury that Joel Quenneville called day to day. … Jordan Hendry was the lone healthy scratch.