CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are beaten and bloodied, but not bowed.
They are not ready to admit defeat. Hell, most them aren't even ready to admit that Vancouver is a better team, despite trailing 3-0 in the series and facing elimination Tuesday night at the United Center.
"We have a history with this team," said captain Jonathan Toews. "Coming into this series, we felt we had just as good a chance to win as they did. We didn't plan on being in this situation.
"They're a beatable team, but we haven't done that in three games. We haven't been able to prove that we're a better team on one single night. It's disappointing. We have one more chance to do that ... this is our last string of life here."
Being down 3-0 is almost insurmountable. Almost.
Philadelphia did it last year to perennial playoff choker Boston, a feat the Hawks have no choice but to try and find inspiration in.
"It's a very similar situation with a team that made the playoffs on the last game of the regular season," said Toews. "I'm sure Philly wasn't worried about winning four games in a row as they went into that Game 4. We can't be thinking like that either. We've got tomorrow and that's all we've got right now.
"We have to find that desperation, find that will to win. We just want to stay alive in this series, that's all we can do now."
It's not much, but hope is hope.
"We just want to play for pride," said Patrick Kane. "We need to have something positive going in our direction. We know it's a long road to be able to come back."
"It's pretty simple," added Brent Seabrook. "We have to win one game."