Wings say 'win one game'
Face elimination against Sharks
Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun
|Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save against the Sharks during Game 3 of their playoff series in Detroit on May 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)
Backs to the wall.
Now or never.
The Detroit Red Wings were throwing out every cliché Friday morning at the Joe Louis Arena. Down 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks and facing elimination, the Wings face a must-win or the reality of getting swept.
As they stood, defiant in their dressing room, the Wings maintained they can't afford to look at the big picture. Instead, they're going to focus on trying to get a victory Friday night and then worry about Game 5 Sunday.
"The mindset is: Win one game. Take it to San Jose and go from there," said Detroit veteran Kris Draper. "We're living game-by-game. That's how it is. We know it. It hasn't been done a lot, but it's not impossible. It has been done.
"All you want to do is win one game, create some momentum and see what happens. (Chicago) forced a Game 7. Are we capable of it? Yeah. Why not? Why not us? We just want to win one game, play right and create some momentum. That's all we can control."
The Wings aren't going to make any changes. That means veteran Mike Modano will be a healthy scratch and he may have suited up for his final NHL game.
"We've won four straight before and we have to do it again," said Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg. "We've got to go out, play a solid home game and move on."