Red Wings on rollercoaster ride

Red Wings prepare for another do-or-die game 7 -- this time with Blackhawks

By Roger Weber - Reporter

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings had to win their final game of the season to make the playoffs. They had to win game 7 with the Anaheim Ducks in the 1st round, and now they have to win a game 7 with the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks.

It's a hat trick of do-or-die games this month.

Ask a coach or player about a game 7 and they stay cool, calm and collected. But when you ask fans about a game 7 it's a different response full of anxiety and mayhem.

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The Wings' overall record in game sevens is 14-9. In 1954, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in seven games. Tony Leswick, nicknamed Mighty Mouse, scored in overtime to beat Montreal.

In 2002, Detroit buried the Colorado Avalanche 7-0 in game 7 to win the conference and eventually win the Cup. However, it was a different story in 2009 when the Pittsburgh Penguins prevailed over the Red Wings by a single goal in the 7th game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Niklas Kronwall nearly tied the game when he hit the crossbar.

In game sevens of earlier playoff rounds, Detroit beat the Phoenix Coyotes to advance in 2010. The following year the San Jose Sharks beat the Red Wings in seven games and just a couple of weeks ago the Wings knocked off the Ducks in game 7.

It has been a rollercoaster ride for Red Wing fans, leading to Wednesday night's Game 7 in Chicago.

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