Red Wings' future suddenly looks much brighter

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save on Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin...

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save on Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader during Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference semifinal in Chicago, May 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:42 PM ET

The demise of the Detroit Red Wings had been predicted two lockouts ago, yet the franchise continues to defy skeptics.

And with their performance in the Western Conference semifinal against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Red Wings appear to have a bright future.

They pushed the Blackhawks to the brink and came within an overtime goal of pulling off the biggest upset in this year’s NHL playoffs.

Looking back at the series, the Red Wings let the Blackhawks off the hook. But the fact they were up 3-1 in the series with three chances to eliminate the Presidents’ Trophy winners was an accomplishment in itself.


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