Blackhawks face adversity for first time

Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save on Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews during Game 3 of their...

Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save on Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews during Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series in Detroit, Monday, May 20, 2013. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:18 PM ET

DETROIT - This is new territory for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Having cruised through the regular season and brushed aside the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs, the Blackhawks are just now getting a taste of adversity.

Down 2-1 to the Detroit Red Wings heading into Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal Thursday (8 p.m. EST) at Joe Louis Arena, the Blackhawks are looking for a strong response.

"It's a good test for us, a good challenge," said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. "We knew we were going to get tested along the way here, it's never a smooth road, there are always obstacles that occur that you have to overcome. Being behind in the series is something that got our attention here, and the response we're looking for, we need it across the board and it'll be good to see how we respond."


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