The Detroit Red Wings face a series of must-win games - if they're lucky. If they're not, the next game could be the last for the winningest team in NHL history.
"It's always do-or-die. This is as extreme as it gets, I guess. But, the old cliche, we've been in that position before," Detroit forward Dino Ciccarelli said after the Red Wings' 4-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday night.For the second straight series, the Red Wings are on the brink of elimination, trailing 3-1 in the Western Conference finals with the Avalanche. Game 5 is Monday night in Detroit.
In the conference semifinals against St. Louis, the Blues won three straight games to take a 3-2 lead, but Detroit won the final two. Steve Yzerman's goal in the second overtime of Game 7 was the winner in a 1-0 game.
Detroit hopes to have defenseman Paul Coffey back for Game 5. He missed the last two games with back spasms.