Sometimes you get what you expect, even in the Stanley Cup playoffs, where we've all been taught in recent years to expect the unexpected.

So if you're the slightest bit surprised the Red Wings are back home for a Game 6 in the Western Conference semifinals tonight, after whiffing on their first series-clinching attempt Saturday in Chicago, then Daniel Cleary has a message for you.

"Whoever thought this was going to end in five games," he said, "is crazy."

Of course, that was easy to say — the only thing to say, really — after a 4-1 loss Saturday at the United Center. But if they're still talking about this being a long, grinding series against the Blackhawks late tonight — with furrowed brows and through clenched teeth — the Wings are setting themselves up for a stunning end to their season.

"We have to come out in desperation, just like a Game 7," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said after a team meeting Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. "Just to make sure that we do everything we can and really to be true to ourselves and give ourselves an honest chance."