They were not supposed to be here. But here they are. The Red Wings made the playoffs despite grievous doubts about their rebuilding roster, a host of injuries and some moments throughout the season when they appeared doomed. But in April they won their last four games and pushed their playoffs streak to 22 seasons. They were not supposed to beat the Ducks. Shut out 4-0 in Game 3 at home to go down 2-1 in the series, the Wings came back. Then, down 3-2 after Game 5, they won the next two — including a seventh game in Anaheim — to achieve the upset. The 2013 Red Wings are nothing if not resilient. They will be called on to demonstrate it again, in a big way, facing the powerful Blackhawks after a 4-1 drubbing in Chicago Saturday brought the Western Conference semifinal series to 3-2 in favor of the Wings. The Blackhawks spent a good part of the season winning games back-to-back. Two against the Red Wings, in Games 6 and 7, is clearly well within their capacity. But the Wings have been down plenty and risen repeatedly. Psychologists talk about resilience as a process rather than a trait. Resilience is obtained, some say, by embracing reality, recalling the capacity for good performance and managing perceptions and emotions. Within 14 hours of the Game 5 loss, the Red Wings talked like the process is well along the way.
Red Wings' resilience will face its toughest test
Detroit News | May 27