Red Wings look to eliminate the Blackhawks in Game 5
The Red Wings are looking to eliminate the Blackhawks in game five of the playoff series Saturday in Chicago. The Wings lead the series 3-1.
Jamie Edmonds is in Chicago and will be live for a postgame show on Local 4 News.
After three consecutive losses to the rolling Red Wings, the Blackhawks think they are close to a breakthrough.
"The guys are very confident that we're very close to finding a way to win one game and when we do that we know all that confidence, the momentum is going to come rushing back and that's what we're focused on," Jonathan Toews said. "It's the only thing we can worry about."
It's quite the change from the end of the regular season, when the Red Wings won their last four games to secure a spot in the postseason.
Then they were down 3-2 in the first round against Anaheim before taking the last two to advance, including a road victory in Game 7.
Now they're in complete control against the top-seeded Blackhawks, and eager to deliver a knockout blow.
"It's a race to four, and we feel that we're in a good position," said Daniel Cleary, who had an empty-net goal in Detroit's 2-0 victory on Thursday night.
"But we also understand that Chicago is a great team. They're loaded with champions, with winners, with guys (who) know what it takes."
Only 24 teams have come back to win a best-of-seven NHL playoff series after dropping three of the first four games, according to STATS. That's out of 265 opportunities, or 9.1 percent. Tampa Bay was the last team to accomplish the feat, beating the Penguins in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in 2011.
The Blackhawks faced a similar situation when they lost the first three games of a playoff series against Vancouver two years ago. They managed to force a Game 7 and lost 2-1 in overtime.