Red Wings face daunting task
|Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula battles for the puck during the second period of game 2. (REUTERS/Chad Ziemendorf)
The Wings are trying to show resolve.
With the end near and down 3-0 in the Western Conference semi-final to the San Jose Sharks after a devastating 4-3 OT loss in Game 3 Wednesday, Detroit coach Mike Babcock elected to have an optional skate Thursday.
They know they face a daunting task.
“When we woke up and got here we had to stop feeling sorrow and get back to work,” said Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard. “As a team you have to have that mentality of, ‘Why not us?’ It has happened before.
“We can’t get ahead of ourselves. In the playoffs, you can’t get too emotional.”
Coach Mike Babcock said he’s going to wait until Friday to decide if he’s going to make changes. Captain Nick Lidstrom felt the team needed an optional skate. It’s possible that veteran Mike Modano could go into the lineup.
“There’s momentum swings in every game. They go back and forth every game,” Lidstrom said. “We’ve been getting better and better in the series. It hasn’t been good enough to get us the win. That’s tough.
“They’ve been a little bit better than us in certain areas. Their powerplay has been winning games for them. Their goalie (Antti Niemi) has been playing well. We got to them a bit more, by playing well.”
But the Sharks are ready for anything.
“We know they’re going to play tough,” said Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle.